Jada Pinkett Smith wrote a letter to the mayor of her hometown Baltimore, Maryland (Stephanie Rawlings Blake), on behalf of PeTA advocates for elephants. Jada was urging the Mayor to make sure the Ringling Bros. Barnum Bailey Circus complies with the Baltimore ban on bull hooks.
“Unlike me and other actors, elephants do not choose to perform. These endangered elephants will soon be in your jurisdiction. My friends at PETA and I join animal advocates across the state in asking for your leadership in holding Ringling accountable and requiring the circus to comply with Baltimore’s absolute prohibition of the use of devices such as bull hooks.”
Well, the Maryland’s mayor’s attitude was like “is she serious?” and never even responded to Jada’s letter. The Maryland mayor issued the following statement to a local television station instead:
“We’ve reached out about homelessness, school issues and serious issues of that nature. I would have loved to have gotten some feedback, support or concerns about that. Those are very pressing issues to the city.”
Mayor Stephanie concluded with, “how she’s liked the circus every since she was a little girl and couldn’t wait to take her daughter.”