He may only be nine years old, but what Sean Lesniak lacks in age and stature, he more than makes up for in his commitment to do what's right for animals. Last summer, the precocious youngster from Lowell, Massachusetts convinced his state representative to introduce a bill that would crack down on shark finning.
But now, since lawmakers have yet to act almost a year later, he's back in the capitol urging them to just pass the darn thing already.
Some kids might be intimidated pushing up against politicians, but Sean hasn't lost sight that the message is far bigger than the messenger. Every year, millions of sharks around the world are killed mostly to fulfill demand for shark fin soup, and the traditional delicacy is threatening to drive some species to extinction.
"I'm not really afraid of anything 'cause I'm doing something for the life of an animal," the third-grader told the Boston Herald. "These are real, live animals. Can you imagine if your fins were cut off so you died?"