Jada Pinkett Smith

March 10, 2012 by staff 

Jada Pinkett Smith, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wasn’t exactly jumping when Jada Pinkett Smith asked for her help in protecting elephants earlier this week.

The mayor more or less says she had bigger fish to fry — that and the actress didn’t help her out when the city needed it.

But Friday Pinkett Smith’s aunt, who runs the Baltimore-based charity of the actress, said her niece has done quite a bit for the city — and she’s a surprised that the mayor doesn’t remember it.

“People listening to what [the mayor] said would think Jada Pinkett hasn’t done anything for Baltimore and that’s not true,” said Karen Evans, “I wanted to set the record straight.”

Evans also fired off a letter to City Hall, telling the mayor: “Your response to her letter was disturbing, irresponsible, inflammatory and inaccurate.”

Earlier this week, Pinkett Smith, working with the animal activist group PETA, sent Rawlings-Blake a letter, writing, she wrote, “as a mother and proud Baltimore native.”

Pinkett Smith wanted to make sure no elephants were jabbed with bullhooks during the upcoming performance of Ringling Bros. Circus’ at 1st Mariner Arena. The pointed tools are commonly used to coax the animals into performing at the show.

“Unlike me and other actors, elephants do not choose to perform,” Pinkett Smith wrote. “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 bullhooks.”

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