Next Time You Think The Circus Is Cool, Just Look For This Thing. It Won’t Seem So Cool Anymore.

A bullhook consists of a sharp metal hook that is attached to a 2-3 foot pole.

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Trainers use it to pierce an elephant’s flesh in sensitive areas.

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Although elephants may seem like they have thick skin, it’s sensitive enough for them to feel the bite of an insect.

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Trainers abuse this sensitivity to get the animals to perform for them.

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The tricks that elephants do are out of fear of pain.

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From a young age, elephants are trained to fear pain and the bullhook./h1>

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These Ringling Bros. trainers are breaking in a baby elephant.

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They teach them that the bullhooks are painful.

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The process is heartbreaking.

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And archaic.

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Cities around the US are beginning to ban bullhooks.

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Los Angeles unanimously voted to ban the use of the elephant goads.

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If bullhooks are banned, elephants won’t be forced to entertain in circuses… and that’s a good thing.

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