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John Salley Slams Cruelty to Elephants

Written by PETA | November 18, 2008
97.1 The Ticket / CC

When PETA told basketball star John Salley of an opportunity to help elephants in Chicago—the city that he helped lead to multiple victories while playing for the Bulls—he jumped at the chance.

There’s currently a piece of legislation before the Chicago City Council that would ban chaining elephants. So John fired off a letter to the City Council asking it to vote “Yes” on the legislation. Salley says, “Passing this ordinance would send a powerful message to our children that mistreating other beings for entertainment is wrong. Like other cultural institutions that have caused extraordinary and unnecessary suffering (e.g., slavery, child labor, segregation), the unethical treatment and cruel chaining of elephants is an American tradition that should be relegated to the history books.” So as John states in his letter, let’s hope that the city of Chicago will seize the opportunity “to take the lead in this noble cause.” After giving us our president-elect, the city has the chance once again to make history. Come on, Chicago!

Posted by Melissa Lane

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  • John Salley Jr. says:

    whats up cuz its pumkin’s son John Salley Do you remember me?

  • Debbie says:

    Thanks for helping the elephants!!

  • David says:

    Want to know what a real man is? Look no further than John Salley!

  • Jasmine Chen says:

    Go John salley!! thanks PETA its great to know there are other people out there who care about animals

  • Mia says:

    John Salley is an inspiration I wish all other ‘celebrity’ sports figures would take a cue from him lead a cruelty free ethical life. Thanks Mr. Salley you stand out as a being superior athlete person among the dime a dozen meat eating sport stars who promote killing hellholes like McDonalds.

  • kelly says:

    Mr Salley thank you so much for caring! John Salley is a REAL HERO becasuse heroes also have kind hearts.

  • Carla says:

    How bout ban together to ban elephants altogether in the entertainment industry?!! I see no entertainment in watching a terrified wild animal prance around on command!! I guess untill then good for John in sticking up for these sweet gentle beings!!