California law helps to protect elephants

By Ashley Day, Chattanooga, Tenn.-

Last week, a new law was created in California banning the use of bull hooks, a device used to inflict pain and instill fear on captive elephants. This is an amazing step for animal rights activists who have spoken out about the harmful tools. According to the Humane Society, the use of bull hooks in training elephants causes injury and trauma to the animals. California is now the second state to ban these, following Rhode Island.

This law comes just a few months after Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus ended its 145 year use of elephants in shows due to popular demand.

Earlier this year, Sea World announced that they will stop breeding killer whales in captivity after large public dismay following the release of the documentary Blackfish, which brought to light many ethical issues involving the treatment of the whales.

This reveals how truly important public opinion can be in enacting real change in animal rights.

 

Ashley Day

Ashley Day

Editor-in-Chief

Ashley is a communication major with a minor in psychology. She spends most of her spare time hiking, eating sushi or taking photos. To contact Ashley, email her at jks461@mocs.utc.edu.

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