Another young girl is trying to introduce legislation to outlaw using animals as lucrative entertainment. Like the girl who promoted the state fossil in South Carolina, she is acting far more maturely than her elders, including the lawmakers.
According to yesterday’s Malibu Times, a fifth grader (i.e., about 11 years old) is trying to stop the use of killer whales as entertainment:
Assembly member Richard Bloom, with the help of Malibu fifth-grader Kirra Kotler, introduced an act into the California State Assembly this week that would end Orca whale captivity for performance or entertainment in California.
Kotler, who came to the public spotlight in December when she and her parents led the protest against Point Dume Elementary’s annual SeaWorld field trip after watching the controversial “Blackfish” documentary, travelled to Sacramento this week with Bloom and her family to present a petition in support of the act on Monday, April 8.
The Orca Welfare and Safety Act, presented to Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, contained 1.2 million signatures from supporters all over California.
Here’s a photo of Bloom and Kirra Kotler in Sacramento (the state capital):
It’s inspiring that someone so young tries so hard to make a difference—and may succeed! Olivia McConnell, who got the mammoth approved as South Carolina’s official state fossil (granted, with a rider that it was created on the sixth day!), was only eight. You don’t have to be of voting age to change your state’s laws.
And I would suggest avoiding any place like SeaWorld that rakes in dough by using large marine mammals as entertainment. In a just universe, the owners of SeaWorld would be kidnapped by Martians and put on display, being forced to balance balls on their noses in order to get food.