Definitions

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  • n. An ankus.

Etymologies

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bull +‎ hook

Examples

  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, In Defense of Animals, Animal Rights Foundation of Florida and United for Animals of St. Lucie claimed facility workers will mistreat animals using an object resembling a fireplace poker known as a bullhook or guide.

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  • Meyer showed the court videos of trainers striking the elephants in the legs, trunk and ears with the metal-tipped prod, called a "bullhook" by the activists and a "guide" by the circus.

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  • Katherine Meyer, who represents the animal advocacy groups, used a "bullhook" in court to emphasize her argument and recall testimony from witnesses who said the elephants had suffered wounds and sometimes infections as a result of the instrument's use.

    ABC News: ABCNews

  • If you wonder how these magnificent beings keep from going mad -- chained in reeking boxcars day after day, on alert for the man wielding the bullhook, performing the same meaningless tricks over and over -- the answer is, they don't.

    How Does Ringling Bros. Make Elephants Do That?

  • Another baby, who had been pulled from his mother, trained, and put on the road, drowned in a pond as he attempted to get away from a trainer chasing and prodding him with a bullhook.

    How Does Ringling Bros. Make Elephants Do That?

  • It takes a lot to get circusgoers to see beyond the headdresses and glitter to that metal-tipped bullhook sinking into an elephant's soft flesh behind her ears and knees.

    Ingrid Newkirk: The Saddest Show on Earth

  • Imagine, then, what it must be like for them to be told what to do, courtesy of a bullhook -- a rod resembling a fireplace poker with a sharp metal hook on the end -- at every moment of their lives.

    Ingrid Newkirk: The Saddest Show on Earth

  • They learn to fear the bullhook, a rod with a sharp metal hook on the end, which is used to terrorize them into submission.

    Elephants are mad, and they're not going to take it anymore

  • He instructs other trainers to hurt the elephants until they scream, to sink a bullhook into their flesh and twist it and to conceal the beatings from the public.

    Elephants are mad, and they're not going to take it anymore

  • In circuses, they are beaten with a sharp metal pole often referred to as a '' bullhook. ''

    Time to Ban Circuses that Exploit Animals and Endanger Public Safety

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