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Bull Hooks at Ringling Brothers Circus in Fresno
Bull Hooks are used by some animal trainers to control animals. The hooks are dug into sensitive areas of animals (ears, neck, head, etc.) to get them to obey. During the Ringling Brothers Circus, in Fresno, animal rights activists got photos of Circus animal handlers with Bull hooks in hand.
The Ringling Brothers Circus animal trainers/handlers are very good at hiding their bull hooks. When they notice they are being photographed they hold the Bull Hooks by the hook to make it look as though they are only holding a small stick - rod to control a large animal. The first photo shows a clase-up of a Bull hook.
Just before the show
Here several Elephants are lined up to get ready to be lead into the areana.
Going into the Show
Here the Elephant handler used the Bull Hook to get the Elephant to kneel down so that they could put on Circus decorations/outfit. The handlers knew they were being photographed so they used the hooks on the oposite side of the Elephant so as to not be on camera. Here you can see 2 of the bull hooks in the handlers hands.