Bindi Irwin's celebrity stock has been rising recently, but not everyone is thrilled with the projects she's choosing to pursue. During an appearance on Good Morning America on Thursday, Bindi and her mom appeared on Good Morning America, where they announced a partnership with SeaWorld.
Enter PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), who was very quick to slam her relationship with the controversial park, which is facing even more intense scrutiny since the documentary Blackfish was released. While Steve Irwin's daughter has done a lot for animals and is currently a conservationist at the Australia Zoo, that doesn't mean she gets a free pass from PETA.
"The Irwin family has been exploiting animals for years, so it comes as no surprise that Bindi has agreed to become SeaWorld's latest shill," PETA told toofab. "But plastering her face on SeaWorld's website won't cover up the fact that orcas, dolphins, and other animals are suffering in SeaWorld's tiny tanks after being ripped from their families."
"What millions have realized -- through PETA's massive campaign and the hit documentary Blackfish -- is that SeaWorld is no place for anyone who truly cares about animals," they said in a statement.
Anyway, Bindi and her mom were walking around NYC this week when a paparazzo caught up with her and started asking her some general animal-friendly questions. The 15-year-old was all smiles until he ventured into some less neutral territory and then--boom--like a ninja, a handler appears out of nowhere and puts a stop to the controversial convo.
Obviously, this raises another important question: Why does Bindi Irwin have a handler?