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