Jada Pinkett Smith Writes a Letter to Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

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On Tuesday, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake received a letter from Jada Pinkett Smith. How exciting that would have been for her, had it not been an open letter all about elephants. The Baltimore native and actress called on the mayor to ensure that the city’s law forbidding the use of any “mechanical, electrical, or manual device that is likely to cause physical injury or suffering” on a performing animal be upheld during the Ringling Bros. Circus’s performance at 1st Mariner Arena. Specifically, Pinkett Smith is seeking to ensure that bullhooks not be used to prod circus elephants.

How funny. I was in the middle of writing my own open letter to the mayor demanding that she make sure Ringling Bros. not charge too much for oversalted popcorn and soda that is mostly ice. But Jada’s right — this is more important.

Pinkett Smith’s letter, distributed by PETA, claimed that not only are these elephants poked with painful bullhooks, but that several of them suffer from arthritis and yet are scheduled to perform in Baltimore.

It’s unclear how Rawlings-Blake will respond to the letter. According to The Sun, she is a big fan of the circus and even played “a ceremonial role” when Ringling Bros. came to the city in 2010.

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  1. The Mayor, in her usual always-has-her-own-agenda-who-cares-what-anyone-else-wants way, said on 98 Rock this morning that “she wished it had been about feeding and educating children” not about elephants”. I think it is sad that she doesn’t think educating children about animal abuse is important. Her parents taught her that animal abuse was entertainment and she is, apparently, teaching her children the same selfish lesson.

  2. It’s ironic that these ladies (the mayor & Pinkett-Smith) are members of the same sorority (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.), and their rival sorority’s (Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.) mascot is the Elephant…

    • Delta Sigma Theta does not have a mascot. one of Delta’s founder’s collecting elephants. That is the only significance of the elephant to DST.

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