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Update: ‘Sea Kitten High’ Superintendent Speaks Out

Written by PETA | January 8, 2009

Yesterday we wrote to Whitefish High School and suggested that it change its name to Sea Kitten High in order to let people know that sea kittens are just as deserving of love as their land-dwelling counterparts. We were so excited to hear back from Jerry House, the Whitefish schools Superintendent. Superintendent House announced that he thinks the change would be a great idea, not just for the high school, but for the whole city!

House suggested that instead of “Sea Kitten,” it might be more appropriate to call the city “White Kitten,” given Montana’s lack of proximity to the ocean. “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?” We really do think so, Superintendent House, and we love that you can see our point so clearly.

And if you break the law, House warns, “[Y]ou’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.” Aww … I’m totally moving to Montana.

He even suggested that the new name would bring new business to the town—perhaps the National Federation of Sea Kittens, instead of the outdated National Federation of Fly-Fishers that they’re used to? House looks forward to it: “The fur will be flying, and they’ll have scratching post exhibits.” They’d better get started on that name change, because it looks like they’ve got some prep work ahead of them. As our new favorite superintendent said, “[W]e’re going to have to bring in lots and lots of litter boxes.”

Written by Lianne Turner

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  • WHS Alumni says:

    I am from Whitefish High School and our mascot is already the bulldog just to clue you in Michael.

  • Michael says:

    Thats awesome lol i would hate to be a guy on the football team. here comes the bull dogs against the raging sea kittens.

  • Danny says:

    Sorry but what? Naming them differently would do nothing to stop most people from eating them. Most people would keep calling them Fish and totally ignore ‘Sea Kittens’. Personally I’d say “What?” to people who use the term sea kittens even though I know what it means. Don’t mean to sound rude or anything but this doesn’t sound like it’s work in real life as well as it does on paper. People would still eat fish no matter what they’re called

  • Ashley says:

    Michael methinks PETA was being facetious as well.

  • Michael Fortunato says:

    Hmm methinks the superintendent was being facetious

  • Joanna says:

    Fish don’t need to be wrapped in fur coats to be appreciated. Try using real life biologically correct information to impress people with the value of fish. Why not actually show how fish respond to their complex under water environment to make people appreciate them more.

  • AWWang says:

    Well that sounds like a brand in China to me… Very nice name… Great idea !

  • Jon Fraud Carry says:

    I love the idea! If people thought of fish as cute and adorable ‘sea kittens’ then maybe the slaughter of the seas could end. I also propose that a fetus be named a ‘tummy puppy’ to stop the war against the unborn.

  • Jennifer says:

    What a fantastic idea and well done to Jerry House!

  • Levi says:

    I’m all for saving fish and any other animal just as much as anyone at PETA but I think the change of name is rather ridiculous if we’re being serious. Just as a reference they are totally right. Seeing things in a different light is always a good advocate for change. The fact is that they are called fish. People should do it because it’s right. Not because we fool people into being suckers for a name. It’s the same tactic companies do to downplay how terrible something can be. Using cuter less offending words. Up with PETA up with fish down with the term sea kittens. Name doesn’t do it justice? Probably not but they are fish none the less. Let’s protect them for what they are.

  • Tom says:

    Amen Kate. Glad you understand the situation

  • Ashley says:

    I wouldn’t want to work for the white kitten fire dept if I were a dude!! Too feminine. But I do understand the point of the name change.

  • Kate says:

    Obviously Jade you do not get the point that is trying to be made. They have just made a big break through getting people to see fish differently and you think it is a waste of time? Even small steps make big impacts. If they change their name the story behind it will always be told and the important information that fish are intelligent and can feel pain will be passed on with it.

  • Ryan says:

    This is just a big joke right…?

  • Me says:

    Haha that’s a cute name

  • roxanne says:

    That is a great name. I hope the name change happens real soon. I wish we had a neat name here.

  • Jade says:

    I dont agree with the change. When I hear “white kitten” I think of the fluffy cats on the toilet paper commercials. I think that the change is pointless and there really isnt a need to change the name at all. There are better things we could be doing with our time and money then changing school and business names to suit a “white kitten”

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