A well-known Rhode Island native and Oscar-nominated actress is showing her support for a Portsmouth representative's bill to protect circus elephants.
The Providence Journal reports Viola Davis, a Central Falls native and star of the movie "The Help," wants lawmakers to pass Rep. Raymond Gallison's bill H-5853.
Rep. Gallison (D-Dist. 69, Portsmouth and Bristol) previously introduced a bill to make the mistreatment of circus elephants a felony. The bill would also prohibit animal handlers from using such training devices as bullhooks on the animals.
If passed, violations of bill could result in fines of $5,000. The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary, but no vote is scheduled.
To read the full bill, click here.