The circus is coming to town and everyone is not happy about it. The Baltimore community may be running out to get their tickets, but at least one famous former Baltimorean is thinking about the poor defenseless animals that are being mistreated by the circus trainers.
Jada Pinkett Smith put in a request to Baltimore’s mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, last week “as a mother and proud Baltimore native” to keep the elephants from being prodded with bullhooks in the Ringling Bros. circus that is set to perform in her hometown March 21 to April 1, according to the Baltimore Sun. The bullhooks are sticks with nails on the end of them that they jab the elephants with to get them to comply with directions.
An excerpt from Pinkett Smith’s letter said:
“Unlike me and other actors, elephants do not choose to perform,” Pinkett Smith wrote. “These endangered elephants will soon be in your jurisdiction. My friends at PETA and I join animal advocates across the state in asking for your leadership in holding Ringling accountable and requiring the circus to comply with Baltimore’s absolute prohibition of the use of devices such as bullhooks.”
Essentially, the mayor told Jada that she had more important things to do with her time and that Jada never helped out when the city called upon her. But, Jada’s aunt, Karen Evans, cried foul and shot back at the mayor on her niece’s behalf. She said that the mayor’s response was “disturbing, irresponsible, inflammatory and inaccurate.” She made sure to make note of the $1 million that Pinkett Smith gave Baltimore School of the Arts and many other contributions to Associated Black Charities in the city.
She concluded her letter saying:
“Jada is a proud Baltimorean who has generously given back to her hometown and will continue to do so. I hope that at the end of your administration you will be able to say that you have made as positive an impact as she has.”
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