“It’s time that the state prohibits this inhumane practice,” said Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, arguing that the use of the pointed hooks is cruel to the animals and dangerous to handlers if an elephant rebels. The bill was sought by the Humane Society of the United States and the Performing Animal Welfare Society. Keepers use a long pole with a soft tip as a target to draw the elephant in the desired direction, with a treat used to reinforce behavior. //–> Daily Journal Quick Poll What are you doing for Memorial Day?
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