Actress Calls Attention To Animal Abuse Ahead Of Ringling Bros. Circus In Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A Hollywood heavyweight from Baltimore tackles an issue that’s close to her heart.

Weijia Jiang explains why Jada Pinkett Smith is so concerned about some elephants coming to Baltimore.

She’s an international superstar. But even from Hollywood, Jada Pinkett Smith keeps an eye on where she comes from.

“Gotta support the hometown!” Marty Bass said to her during an appearance on WJZ‘s “Coffee With” morning show.
“Yes!” she exclaimed.

This week,Pinkett Smith wrote a letter to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake about the circus, which is coming to the city later this month. It says:

“As a mother and proud Baltimore native, I’m writing in advance of the Ringling Bros. Circus’ performances at 1st Marina Arena. Unlike me and other actors, elephants do not choose to perform. They are often violently coerced by Ringling’s trainers with bull-hooks.”

Pinkett Smith reminded the mayor of a city law that bans any “mechanical, electrical, or manual device that is likely to cause physical injury or suffering.”

But the mayor is clearly not starstruck and implied Pinkett Smith has ignored other issues linked to Baltimore.

“We’ve reached out about homelessness, about school issues,” Rawlings-Blake said. “I would have loved to gotten some feedback, support or concern about those issues that are very pressing to the city.”

As for the circus:

“I appreciate the fact they continue to come to Baltimore. I’ve enjoyed the circus in March since I was a child. I take my daughter,” the mayor said.

Ringling Bros. has fought animal rights groups for decades and insists in all aspects of animal care and safety, it exceeds all federal animal welfare standards set by the USDA under the Animal Welfare Act.

Ringling Bros. will be in town from March 21 through April 1.

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  1. Dinger says:

    Woo-Hoo!!! Let’s go to the circus!

  2. DG says:

    >>>Ringling Brothers has fought animal rights groups for decades and insists in all aspects of animal care and safety, it exceeds all federal animal welfare standards set by the USDA under the Animal Welfare Act.

    OH REALLY?? Guess they forgot about the $270,000 FINE they got for abuse just LAST YEAR 2011.

  3. Sean C says:

    The proof is here! Black people can become White! Just become rich and, Poof! You’re White! Instantly! Seriously Jada is from Baltimore and had she remained here she would have remained poor and black like 90% of the black population who have to worry more about their own safety, security and survival before concerns how animals are being treated. But become rich and the concerns become how to become even richer and then be more concerned over animals welfare than fellow human beings. Seriously, Jada, show more concern for your former fellow Baltimorians than circus animals. Same on you for ignoring the plight of Baltimore’s urban poor, but congratulations on become a white woman like Oprah.

  4. short stack says:

    search the web and see her at a circus with her kids and then let her explain that

  5. THESYSTEMDONTREALLYWANT CHANGE says:

    Please Jada my stomach hurts from the attention you and the media are giving on this subject!!! The entire Baltimore City needs to be rehabilitated starting with the Politicians, MVA, Schools, Churches, and many of the Communities!!!! It would not be hard to do because Baltimore City has enough money from the so called “Safe Speed” Cameras located in the lowest income neighborhoods on the trecherous streets! Food for thought…the animals in the circus receive more respect from the “System” than each and every resident living in Baltimore City!!!! “ITS NOT THE CITIZENS, ITS THE ENVIRONMENT WE ARE FORCED TO LIVE IN”. ( Lang)

    1. peter o neil says:

      STFU. You people created that enviornment the day you glorified crime, stopped going to school, worshiped the hip hop gangsta thug life, lazy no respect for anything or anybody. Hand outs from the government, illegimiatate babies, etc.

  6. girl fight says:

    “We’ve reached out about homelessness, about school issues,” Rawlings-Blake said. “I would have loved to gotten some feedback, support or concern about those issues that are very pressing to the city.”

    SNAP! Take that, JPS! SRB throws down.

  7. larryag says:

    leave to our mayor to have some smart catty remark , she is tooooo much

  8. Tiffany says:

    SRB told Jada what she needed to here. Its sad that elephants are abused are the circus. But their are much more pressing issues in the city of baltimore.

  9. chetta-ketta says:

    Her & that over paid dic head she is married to make me want to throw up, …all over their black hineys.

  10. Carol754 says:

    Good for you,Jada!! One serious issue doesn’t diminish the other serious issues people can be concerned about!!

  11. happyjack says:

    Somebody please get this skinny skanky white wannabe out of here.

  12. Angel says:

    Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the TRUTH!!! I am for animal’s rights also however, if we’ve reached out to Jada for assistance to help Baltimore city and she did not respond why bring up animal cruelty! REALLY JADA!

  13. wllharrington says:

    Is the use of bull hooks animal cruelty? It is my understanding that an elephants skin is tough and the hook is not sharp enough to penetrate deeply but just enough to enable the animal to be led, much like a leash.

  14. James Scotto says:

    Sad to see the mayor trying to say that Jada should be concerned about other issues, as if: 1) she’s not and 2)the animal abuse is nothing. He even goes on to say he loves the circus, which is clearly animal abuse. Aside from animals being denied everything natural to them (like elephants, who walk miles per day, in their habitat), they’re stuffed in trucks, kept in cages and sometimes beaten during training. All for what? We don’t have a million different forms of entertainment that don’t involve animals?.

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