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Baltimore Mayor Ignores Pinkett Smith's Plea for Elephants

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Last week, we wrote about Jada Pinkett-Smith‘s recent letter to the mayor of Baltimore. The actress has asked Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to protect Ringling Bros. elephants by upholding the city’s ban on the use of bullhooks when the circus comes to town.

The mayor has responded, and she has made it clear that she has no plans to ensure Ringling’s elephants are protected while in her city. According to the Baltimore Sun, Rawlings-Blake said she likes the circus and isn’t concerned with the elephants. She also claimed that the actress and Baltimore native has not helped with the city’s problems. “We’ve reached out about homelessness, about school issues. I would have loved to gotten some feedback, support or concern about those issues that are very pressing to the city,” said Rawlings-Blake.

This seems like a pretty rude response considering all that was asked of her was to enforce a law that has already been passed. Pinkett-Smith’s aunt, Karen Evans, has fired back a response in a letter of her own, and says that the mayor’s claims are false.

“Jada is a proud Baltimorean who has generously given back to her hometown and will continue to do so. I hope that at the end of your administration you will be able to say that you have made as positive an impact as she has,” wrote Evans. She says Pinkett-Smith has donated $1 million to the Baltimore School for the Arts, contributed annually to Associated Black Charities, donated to the Park Heights Community Health Alliance and James Mosher Little League, and contributed to local schools to help buy books. “The mayor should take a little more time in her responses,” Evans added. “I just was very disappointed in her.”

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  • Carol Schwalbe

    I,too,wrote to the mayor several weeks ago about considering non-animal circuses….never got a response….her response to Jada was weak and skirted the issue.

  • Arnos1

    One has to be very careful when dealing with the councils in any endeavour. Usually they have no idea exactly what funding is given to their sectors except their immediate response to letters or lack of response. The animals do need to be protected, but usually when a actress gets involved with protesting, little is listened to. An actress or actor sometimes have clout as for Bono in his aids initiative, but really they will probably always overlook a animal issue especially when there is homelessness to the contrary. Animals usually come second.


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