As a bill moves forward in Rhode Island's legislature that would ban the use of bullhooks on elephants in circuses, singer Joan Jett has penned a letter to lawmakers in the state, urging them to approve the ban.
Jett's letter reads:
If someone were to use a bullhook to control and train a dog or a horse, it would be considered animal cruelty and the same should be applied to elephants. The City of Los Angeles recently banned the use of bullhooks; the Los Angeles Times editorializing "This is a smart and humane measure and should be adopted," joining more than 35 other jurisdictions in the United States restricting the use of elephants in traveling shows and/or the use of bullhooks on elephants. I sincerely hope I can count on you to see to this bill's passage.
House Bill 7192, brought by the Humane Society of the United States, would effectively end the use of elephants in circuses in Rhode Island -- a thought which Jett said was "beyond thrilling."