PETA Kids to Chicago: ‘Hey, Chicago: Ban Bullhooks!’
Life in the circus or at the zoo is no fun for animals, period. Seriously, who wants to be torn away
from their family, thrown into a dirty, cramped boxcar or trailer, hauled around the country, and forced to perform stupid and just downright humiliating tricks?
Or be kept in a tiny cage or enclosure, forced to stare at the same walls day after day with limited to no contact with other animals? No one we know would, and
you know that you wouldn't either, so why should it be allowed to happen to animals? Exactly—it shouldn't!
Elephants really have it rough. That's why right this very minute, compassionate people all over the country are working to get the Elephant Protection
Ordinance passed in Chicago. Even P!nk! The ordinance—which is a fancy name for a bill—was
introduced by Alderman Mary Ann Smith, and it would ensure that any elephant brought into the city would have more suitable space to roam freely (we're talking
acres and no more chains!) and more humane living conditions. It would ensure that elephants are treated kindly and respectfully—no more sharp bullhooks
or electric prods that are often used by animal trainers to control and punish them.
Sounds pretty good, right? Well, what's even better is that if it's passed, it would be one more giant leap closer to getting elephants out of circuses for
good! You see, if elephants must be given acres to roam freely, it would be illegal for circuses to keep them in boxcars or trailers or to keep them chained up,
and trainers won't be able to use bullhooks or electric prods to control, punish, or train them. Before you know it, another city is passing the same law—
then another and another until it spreads all the way across the country.
You can help make this happen! And, of course, we'll send ya a little something for your trouble. There are a few steps involved, but you're old pros by now,
so we think that you can handle it. Here's what you gotta do:
1. Write a polite letter to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley asking him to support the ordinance. (If you'd like to draw a picture that shows Mayor Daley why
he should support the ordinance, that's fine too.)
Address your letter to:
The Honorable Richard M. Daley
Mayor of Chicago
2. Then write a letter to our friend Alderman Mary Ann Smith thanking her for introducing the ordinance to help elephants. Then send both letters (or
pictures) to Alderman Smith—she'll make sure that Mayor Daley gets his. (And don't forget to include your return address so that she can respond.)
Send your letters to:
Alderman Mary Ann Smith
City Hall Office
121 N. LaSalle, Rm. 300
Chicago, IL 60602
3. To complete the mission and get your goodies, you MUST send a copy of your letter or picture to PETA, along with your name, e-mail address, phone number, and age:
PETA Kids Chicago Mission
501 Front St.
Norfolk, VA 23510