Finally! Someone Speaks Up About Crucial Matters Facing All Georgians

Somehow, someway, I end up on a lot of email distribution lists. One of my favorites is that of Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts. Today, two weeks away from a statewide election, Pitts tackles the pressing issue of elephant training practices.

Commissioner Pitts Condemns Elephant Training Practices

Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts (District 2, At-Large) is calling for an end to the practice of using sharp “bullhooks” and other devices in the training of elephants for circuses or other performances. His legislation will come before the full Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, October 20, 2010.

The Atlanta Humane Society considers the practice of using bullhooks as dangerous and harmful to elephants, and recommends the use of alternative means of training the animals.

As venues in Fulton County often host circus performances, Commissioner Pitts’ upcoming legislation will address Fulton County’s jurisdiction in animal services. He is also calling on the 14 cities within Fulton County to adopt similar legislation.

“I am appalled that trainers are using these weapons against elephants right here in Fulton County,” said Commissioner Pitts. “We must put an end to this practice – particularly when there are effective alternatives.”

Commissioner Pitts is a long time animal rights advocate and was the author of anti-tethering legislation for Fulton County.

Commissioner Pitts was pleased to learn that Zoo Atlanta does not use bullhooks on its elephants.

Ummmm. Oh-Kay. Duly Noted.


  1. polisavvy says:

    That’s hysterical. Was this person actually being serious OR was this a joke? Well, I know that I will certainly sleep better tonight knowing that the use of bullhooks is ending.

  2. chefdavid says:

    This reminds me of some of the press releases coming out before the primary. Anything an incumbent can do to get a positive press release they will do. I can’t blame them.

  3. Doug Deal says:

    When I read “bullhooks used in the training of elephants”, I thought it was an article about how Tom Delay used to “whip the vote” for the GOP.

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