Written by Jeff Mackey
In advance of the Ringling Bros. circus' stop in Baltimore
later this month, Jada
a proud native of Charm
has written to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake urging her to make sure that the
city's absolute ban on the use of any "mechanical, electrical, or manual
device that is likely to cause physical injury or suffering" to induce or
encourage an animal to perform is enforced, according to Baltimore City Health
Code § 10-407(a), to prohibit Ringling from using bullhooks
In her letter, Jada explains, "Unlike me and other actors, elephants
do not choose to perform. They are often violently coerced by Ringling's
trainers with bullhooks, which are jabbed into the sensitive areas of their bodies."
Using bullhooks on elephants in Baltimore would be against
the law—not that the violation would be a first for Ringling, which was slapped with a record $270,000
for abuse of animals in circuses, stemming from dozens of violations of the
Animal Welfare Act all the way back to 2007.
Join Jada Pinkett Smith, Cloris Leachman,
and many more kind people in demanding
action to protect the elephants abused by Ringling.
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