Target: The Ringling Brothers Circus
Goal: Discontinue the use of bullhooks on elephants
The Ringling Brothers circus has quite a history of animal abuse. Today, they continue to use bullhooks, a long stick with a sharp tip and hook on the end, to train and control elephants in the show. Elephants are not given a gentle poke with the instrument; they are beaten, stabbed, scraped, and jabbed.
The consequences of this instrument can be easily found. An elephant’s skin appears to be thick, but it is actually quite delicate. The skin can tear easily, and bullhooks have the ability to leave deep and severe wounds. Infections and scars are common. Sometimes, bleeding is so severe that fatal blood loss becomes possible. In these cases, trainers must stop the bleeding with a special powder to induce clotting. Besides being used for punishment, bullhooks are used to threaten and scare elephants into performing, keeping them going well past the point of exhaustion.
The use of bullhooks is a torturous way to train animals and must be stopped. Please ask the Ringling Bros. to discontinue the use of bullhooks on their elephants and to treat their animals with the respect they deserve.
Dear Ringling Bros.,
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding your shows over the years. In regards to the treatment of elephants, your CEO has even admitted to witnessing severe injury to an elephant from the use of bullhooks during training and performing. It is for this reason that I respectfully ask that you discontinue the use of bullhooks in your circus.
Prodding elephants with bullhooks result in infections, deep punture wounds, and even fatal blood loss. While elephants appear to be tough, they actually have thin and delecate skin that is sensitive to injury. Scars from bullhook injuries are very common, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. Threatening elephants into performance with these instruments causes great physical and emotional distress. They work themselves far past their threshold, which has led to further injuries, including losing the ability to walk.
There are humane alternatives to training animals that I encourage you to explore. By ending bullhook use, you will not only save your elephants from pain and humiliation, but you will also improve your public image. Please discontinue the use of bullhooks in your circus, your animals and fans will thank you for it.
[Your Name Here]
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