California would be the first state to ban using Elephant bullhooks
By Wildlife Planet
Bullhook supporters claim a bullhook use is similar to a "leash" and if "used properly" it's like the extension of a keeper's "arm" or that it's like a mother elephant's "trunk." Of course, this is silly a mother elephant trunk looks nothing like a fireplace poker and certainly are not metal rods with steel pointed ends. Add in the fact that they must inject "Properly used" in their support of bullhooks, knowing full well 99.9% are not used Properly.
This junk is similar to saying giving a driver Alcohol and/or illegal drugs are fine, they are similar to what you get from any doctor and if you drive the car "Properly"....
California is not buying the supporters arguments and a bill (SB716) banning the use of bullhooks passed the Senate on a 29-7 vote, and now goes to the Assembly.
California would be the first state to ban using bullhooks to guide and discipline elephants, Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from Bell Gardens, says the hooks are cruel to the animals and dangerous to their handlers if the elephant rebels.
The bill was sought by the Humane Society of the United States and the Performing Animal Welfare Society. The groups say no accredited sanctuary or California zoo uses the devices.
Sen. Jeff Stone, a Republican from Temecula, and the only one who spoke in opposition, says the hooks have been used for centuries to safely guide elephants and is not torture.