Wild Sea Lions Face Torment and Abuse in San Diego!

Recently, compassionate San Diegans, PETA members, Animal Protection and Rescue League members, the Seal Society of San Diego, and others made hundreds of calls and sent thousands of e-mails urging the city of San Diego to cancel a planned fireworks display at La Jolla Cove. PETA even organized a protest of the event outside Mayor Todd Gloria’s office. The collective effort was successful, but the issue of beachgoers’ abuse of sea lions, a valuable species, sadly persists.

Sea lion mothers and their babies have endured ongoing harassment and abuse by humans who get right in their faces, take selfies, and even stand on top of them! Countless animals have been injured, and frightened mothers have abandoned their young because of this abuse. Most recently, a large group of people was reportedly spotted pushing a yearling sea lion against the rocks on the beach and poking and prodding her. She was reportedly found dead the next day.

Image of mother and baby seal

Please urge Gloria and the city council to close Point La Jolla and Boomer Beach during sea lion pupping season and to improve security at the location to prevent sea lion harassment and abuse. Then, please comment on the city’s Facebook page and forward this alert to all your contacts!

Please send polite comments to:

The Honorable Todd Gloria
Mayor
City of San Diego
[email protected]

The Honorable Joe LaCava
City Council Member
City of San Diego
[email protected]

The Honorable Jennifer Campbell
City Council Member
City of San Diego
[email protected]

The Honorable Stephen Whitburn
City Council Member
City of San Diego
[email protected]

The Honorable Marni von Wilpert
City Council Member
City of San Diego
[email protected]

The Honorable Chris Cate
City Council Member
City of San Diego
[email protected]

The Honorable Raul Campillo
City Council Member
City of San Diego
[email protected]

The Honorable Vivian Moreno
City Council Member
City of San Diego
[email protected]

The Honorable Sean Elo-Rivera
City Council Member
City of San Diego
[email protected]

The Honorable Monica Montgomery Steppe
City Council Member
City of San Diego
[email protected]

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind