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Jada Pinkett Smith Wants The Bullhook Ban Enforced

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Jada Pinkett Smith is a native of Baltimore and as Ringling Bros. circus nears its Baltimore stop Jada has penned a letter to the Mayor.

She wants to urge her to make sure there is a ban on any "mechanical, electrical, or manual device that is likely to cause physical injury or suffering" to an animal in order to force it to perform.

In her letter, she wrote:

"Unlike me and other actors, elephants do not choose to perform. They are often violently coerced by Ringling's trainers with bullhooks, which are jabbed into the sensitive areas of their bodies."

So let's hope the Mayor makes sure to keep Ringling honest or else the circus may face another huge fine.

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Nepal's Cruel Elephant Soccer Match

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As we previously mentioned, Nepal held an all elephant soccer match at an elephant festival to promote conservation of elephants and to bring in tourists.

What we didn't know was the torture these poor animals must endure during "training" for these games.

A PETA-commissioned investigation of the elephant training in Nepal uncovered

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Circus Elephant Abuse Lawsuit Dismissed

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Activists had brought a lawsuit against the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, claiming they abuse their elephants.

That lawsuit was dismissed. So they took it to appeals court.

And now that appeals court has dismissed the case as well.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington didn't feel that the Animal Protection Institute and a former Ringling elephant trainer had any legal standing with which to sue the circus.

The lawsuit claimed that the circus is violating the elephants' protection under the Endangered Species Act with the use of billhooks for training purposes and extended periods of being chained down during long train rides between shows.

The defendants argued that the elephants are not hurt and everything they do is necessary to keep the public safe.

Seems like a loss for elephants everywhere.

Maybe PETA will move on from whales to elephants and pick up this lawsuit where it left off.

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PETA Offers Reward For Photos Of Elephant Abuse

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PETA is offering a $500 reward for anyone who sends them a picture of an employee of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus abusing an elephant.

PETA knows that often times, elephants are abused with bullhooks, a sort of cane with a sharp hook at the end of it, used to pull the animals around.

This almost always happens behind the scenes so PETA hopes it's reward will incentivise one of the circuses employees to get photographic evidence. PETA said:

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