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.