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Thursday, 20 November 2014

'Bullhook' has been mischaracterized

Stylized illustration depicting a cobra and an...
Stylized illustration depicting a cobra and ankus or elephant goad. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Elephant trainer, Janice Aria, articulates an excellent counter-argument to the AR propaganda being pushed to ban the use of the ankus (aka bull-hook or elephant hook) in elephant handling in the below opinion article for the Richmond Times. Although Rouster applauds the overall message put over in the circus novel and feature, "Water for Elephants", which celebrates what good care can be given to circus elephants, sadly it reinforces the bullhook myth. Her article looks at the facts relating to the care, handling and training of circus elephants, based on her experience and the data available.

"For more than 30 years I have had the honor and the privilege of living and working with some of the most magnificent animals in the world, the Asian elephants with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. I have also had the opportunity to personally witness the outstanding care and the deep commitment shared by everyone with the circus for the elephants’ health and well-being. It’s with that background that I offer a response to Robin Starr’s recent opinion ('Ban Bullhooks: Make Richmond safe for elephants').

While I am sure the Richmond SPCA provides fine care for homeless dogs and cats in the city, based on her comments, clearly Starr has little or no experience or knowledge about actually caring for elephants... " Read the full article below:

'Bullhook' has been mischaracterized - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Their Opinion

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