Lily Tom­lin’s ad­vo­cacy

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What Re­becca Kee­gan didn’t ref­er­ence in her ar­ti­cle [“Leave ’Em Laugh­ing,” June 7], and what many peo­ple are not aware, is the tire­less work Lily Tom­lin has done on be­half of ele­phants in cap­tiv­ity.

Along­time an­i­mal­rights ac­tivist, she has been an out­spo­ken ad­vo­cate against ele­phant abuse in zoos and cir­cuses, and nar­rated and ex­ec­u­tive-pro­duced an HBO doc­u­men­tary in 2013 (along with her wife, Jane Wag­ner, who wrote the doc) called “An Apol­ogy to Ele­phants.”

Not only did Tom­lin win an Emmy for voice-over nar­ra­tion, but her cru­sade has helped lead to the de­ci­sion by Rin­gling Broth­ers Cir­cus to phase out their ele­phant acts in 2017 and the re­cent ban­ning of the bull­hook. A trum­pet salute to Lily for mak­ing such a dif­fer­ence in the plight of the­world’s largest land mam­mal.

Katharine Kramer Toluca Lake

If “Grace and Frankie” had not been re­newed for a sec­ond sea­son, Iwould have given up tele­vi­sion in protest.

Catherine C. Cate Santa Ana

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