HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS MAGGIE Q LOBBIES AT THE CAPITOL FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS
On the silver screen, Maggie Q takes on the bad guys as a rogue assassin and secret agent. But while back home in Hawai‘i, the Mililani High School graduate is fighting for the welfare of much gentler beasts.
Margaret Denise Quigley, better known as Maggie Q, stopped by the offices of several State Legislators to discuss the animal rights bills that were introduced this legislative session.
“I’m a local girl, born and raised in Hawai‘i, so it’s very important to me that Hawai‘i right now has an opportunity to be a leader,” said Maggie. “I wanted to create a relationship so that I can come back and lend my support when the time comes because I think it’s going to be very important to testify for what these animals can’t say for themselves.”
A number of measures were introduced this session but never made out of the House including SB2113 which would have required that available alternatives to animal tests be used for testing cosmetics in Hawai‘i and SB2115 which would have phased-out the sale of any cosmetic product that involved new animal testing. Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment, vowed to reintroduce the bills next session.
In addition to many movies and her current lead role on “Designated Survivor”, Maggie co-produced the award-winning documentary “Earthlings”—about the plight of animals and the environment.