Tuesday, May 24, 2011

What's a Bull Hook?

One of the things I wondered while reading Water for Elephants was "what's a bull hook?" In the story the equestrian (and elephant) trainer uses a bull hook to control/direct/instruct/punish the elephant. 

I've never heard of a bull hook and couldn't picture what it looked like. So hear's a picture: 

The trainer sticks the hook in the leg, neck, head, etc. Since the book is set in 1931, a lot of inhumane treatment happens to both the animals and the people. Some of it is just out of ignorance because back then people just didn't know better. But apparently, the bull hook is still used:


1 comment:

  1. I just love animals! And another news… I just found out that Manila Zoo has a cute elephant named Mali, and she is the only elephant in the Philippines! She has lived there for almost all of her lives, for more than 30 years. The zoo should feel like her sweet and cozy home now. But then, I read some articles in PETAAsiaPacific.com, and I noticed that Mali is in fact sad and lonely! Look at her here: https://www.facebook.com/FreeMali. She is like a prisoner, who cannot spend her days with her friends, roam in vast territories, and have delicious adequate food! She even suffers from foot problems. Why does she deserve this? :( Please Help Her!