On Tuesday night, the Hallandale Beach City Commission approved a ban on the use of bullhooks, electric prods, bucking straps and other cruel devices.
The ban was approved despite heavy lobbying by Feld Entertainment (the corporate parent of the Ringling Bros. circus), Circus Fans Association of America, and rodeo promoter (and FWC Commissioner) Ron Bergeron.
In supporting the ordinance, Commissioner William Julian described bullhooks as “archaic.” Vice Mayor Alexander Lewy stated that he had heard from city residents in support of the ban, but not a single resident defended circuses and rodeo. Commissioner Michele Lazarow explained that without the use of bullhooks or other painful devices, an elephant will not perform unnatural circus tricks on demand. An ARFF representative spoke during the meeting in support of the ban.
Hallandale Beach joins other compassionate cities like Margate, Hollywood, Lauderdale Lakes, Weston and Pompano Beach and will no longer tolerate the abuse of elephants, tigers or other captive circus animals.
It was a great way to end the year! ARFF is confident that 2013 will be another year of victories for animals in Florida.