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Rhode Island Becomes First State to Ban Elephant Bullhooks

Providence Journal

Elephants from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus eat in front of the Dunkin' Donuts Center while the show was in Providence in April. Ringling Bros. has since stopped using elephants in its circus.

By Staff and Wire Reports

Posted Jul. 21, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island has become the first state to ban the use of bullhooks to train elephants.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday signed legislation passed by the General Assembly that bans the hooks in circuses and traveling shows.

Dozens of cities previously banned the use of bullhooks, but the Humane Society of the United States says Rhode Island is the first state to do so.

Animal welfare advocates have pushed such measures, saying the hooks can cause trauma and injury to elephants.

Read more: http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20160721/rhode-island-becomes-first-state-to-ban-elephant-bullhooks

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