8. It's a sign of the times.
The writing is on the wall. Circuses must adapt to modern sensibilities – meaning no more cruel and archaic wild animal acts – or see their attendance further decline.
9. The ban provides one more reason why all zoos should rid themselves of the bullhook and distance themselves from the circus industry.
Progressive zoos have rejected the bullhook for safety and welfare reasons, but several accredited zoos continue to use this cruel device to manage elephants. This includes the Oregon Zoo, Houston Zoo, Wildlife Safari (whose keeper defended use of the bullhook at the Oakland City Council meeting), and others. Defending inhumane training and maintaining close ties with circuses undermines zoos' claims to put animal welfare first.
10. The Oakland and Los Angeles bullhook bans send a message to other cities, counties and states that they also can also protect elephants and other animals forced to perform in circuses.
More than 40 U.S. municipalities have enacted prohibitions, including bans on bullhooks and on the use of wild animals in circuses, and more are considering action. About 30 countries around the world have passed some form of restriction on the use of animals in circuses; Mexico and the Netherlands recently passed bans on all performing wild animals.