Virginia House Bill 2483 would ban the use of firepoker-like bullhooks and other instruments used to inflict pain, or the threat of pain, on elephants. Such a ban essentially would prevent the use of elephants in circus performances. The House Agriculture Subcommittee voted to table the bill on January 25, 2023.
Virginia Bullhook Ban Introduced and Quickly Tabled
Excerpt from Animal Law Digest: US Edition: Issue 175