The next time you hook into a lunker, and the rod tip bends as line spools out, the folks at PETA want you to look that fishy face square in the eye and think of it not as dinner, but rather as a “sea kitten.”
In fact, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals want Whitefish High School to rename itself Sea Kitten High School, encouraging everyone to refer to fish and other marine animals as sea kittens.
Paulson wasn’t available to discuss a possible name change on Wednesday, but Superintendent Jerry House said he’d been giving it some serious thought.
“By all means,” he said, “we try each and every day to teach respect for the feelings of others.”
Usually, he said, that lesson does not explicitly extend to fish, but “hey, why not?”
In fact, House thinks all of Whitefish should consider the new name.
But he, for one, suggests White Kitten, rather than Sea Kitten, as Whitefish is so far from the coast.
“White Kitten High School, the White Kitten City Council, the White Kitten Fire Department - it has a certain ring to it, don’t you think?”
Break the politically correct law, House said, “and you’ll be arrested by the White Kitten Police Department, and taken to the White Kitten Jail, where you’ll be treated with soft, furry paws and a purr of compassion.”