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.
Written by PETA
When it comes to animals, Jada Pinkett Smith has a heart as big as her incandescent smile. We recently learned that the HawthoRNe star came to the rescue of a hungry puppy who was fending for himself on the streets of Beijing during the shooting of the hit film The Karate Kid—produced by Jada and her husband, Will Smith, and starring their son, Jaden (who also recorded a song for the soundtrack with Justin Bieber and Jackie Chan.
The lucky dog, nicknamed "Beijing Black," has now made himself at home with the Smith brood, along with a number of other animals. After recognizing how unhappy snakes are in captivity, Jada vowed not to take home any more caged animals. Now, she says, "I like to rescue dogs."
Jada Pinkett-Smith, who currently stars in the number one film in the country, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and is married to megastar Will Smith, recently made a compassionate pledge. The longtime animal defender recently told reporters that she just can't go on keeping her beloved animal friends in tiny cage prisons. Apparently, the rock-star frontwoman of Wicked Wisdom was moved to action by the family snake, Beauty.
"I think I'll never get an animal like a snake again where I have to keep her in an aquarium," Jada said, according to Contactmusic (via OneIndia). "We have this whole thing for Beauty outside for her to be in a natural habitat. But at the end of the day, she knows she's caged into her aquarium. We can't set her into the wild now, but I told [our daughter] Willow we won't do this again and won't have any animals that need to stay like that."
Good for you, Jada! Then she added this bit, which makes our campaigning hearts flutter: "Maybe when I get older, that'll become one of my activist endeavors."
Of course, we couldn't be more delighted to hear this! Jada and Will are one of Hollywood's hottest power couples, with considerable influence—and if Jada turns over a new leaf, that should have serious repercussions with her fans.
Written by Missy Lane
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