While her husband Ashton Kutcher is helping to save a television show, Demi Moore is helping to save animals.
The actress has lent her voice in support of a local Georgia law aimed at protecting elephants. Yes, elephants!
Moore penned a letter to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners in the Peach State urging them to pass a bill banning the use of bullhooks on elephants. The metal fireplace-poker-like devices are often used to hit or pierce the skin of the animal to induce pain and cause them to act a certain way.
"My friends at PETA have gathered irrefutable evidence showing that the use of bullhooks to abuse elephants in circuses is routine," Moore wrote. "Their use also leads to injuries such as puncture wounds and abscesses...I urge you to ban bullhooks. The elephants deserve our kindness, respect, and protection." (Read Moore's complete letter here.)
And we are happy to report that the bill passed just hours ago in a vote of 4-1. "We hope that other counties will follow Fulton County's lead," PETA's Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders tells us, "and we will be pursuing similar actions in Georgia and elsewhere."
"I am grateful to hear that the law has sided with the protection of these amazing animals," Moore tells us. "Elephants are sensitive and intelligent creatures and only people lacking in those qualities themselves would need to use a bullhook."
The Fulton bill was first proposed by a county commissioner in November, but it was shot down. Many zoo and circus workers argue that bullhooks are necessary to properly train animals.