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Tue Aug 30, 2016, 11:53 AM

California Governor Brown signs law banning use of bullhooks on elephants

Source: Reuters

U.S. | Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:58am EDT

California Governor Brown signs law banning use of bullhooks on elephants

California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a measure that bans the use of bullhooks and other devices to control elephants, the latest victory for animal rights activists who condemn the practice.

Brown's action comes a month after Rhode Island became the first U.S. state to ban the use of a bullhook, a device that resembles a fireplace poker, on elephants and cities such as Los Angeles and Oakland passing similar measures amid public pressure calling for more humane treatment of wild animals used in entertainment.

"California has once again demonstrated its commitment to animal protection. This bill aligns the state’s policies with the values of its residents," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, in a statement.

Trainers and handlers who break the California law, which goes into effect in 2018, faces a fine up to $10,000 and revocation of the their permit.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-elephants-idUSKCN1150ET

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