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Jada Pinkett Smith Wants Bullhook Ban Enforced

Written by PETA | March 7, 2012

In advance of the Ringling Bros. circus’ stop in Baltimore later this month, Jada Pinkett Smith, a proud native of Charm City, 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 on elephants.

Calling Bull on Hooks

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 fine for abuse of animals in circuses, stemming from dozens of violations of the Animal Welfare Act all the way back to 2007.

How You Can Help Ringling’s Elephants

Join Jada Pinkett Smith, Cloris Leachman, Chrissie Hynde, and many more kind people in demanding action to protect the elephants abused by Ringling.

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  • BURGESS FAMILY says:

    When God Comes back Which he is coming soon I hope he repays all these people who does any physical harm to ANY ANIMALs REMEMBEr GOD will Judge IMMAgine if you were a animal this SHIt is not cool And a change will come if not now then very very soon

  • JT says:

    Sweetny, go!! Make a sign and stand outside. Bring flyers to hand out if you like, or just stand as silent witness. You will make some people think,which is a step in the right direction. Thanks for speaking up!

  • jane blythe says:

    To: SWEET NY PRINCESS: I would suggest you blow up pictures of the poor elephants and the bullhooks, plus above picture of the poor little baby elephant…also the fines they have had for violation of Animal Welfare Act —paste them on large styrofoam signs and have several of your friends and you picket the area where the circus is….be SURE to call local authorities first to determine the correct number of feet to stay away, be polite but FIRM , to people who make comments. Stand your ground…..as many friends, family and people to help as you can. Nothing really bloody, as there will be children there — but educational, and honest. It is scary the first time one does something like this, but remember you are the ones who are right — animal cruelty, like cruelty to children, is inexcusable and we cannot tolerate it. Good luck, and God bless….. Jane

  • Sweetnyprincess says:

    Ringlings is coming to my town next week!!! Is there anything I can do? Besides a post on facebook and telling all my friends and family about how they’re cruel to their animals… what else can I do??

  • lauren beebe says:

    NO BULLHOOKS!