PETA Celebrates Seals and Sea Lions’ Freedom From Fireworks

For Immediate Release:
July 1, 2021

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

San Diego – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in response to the announcement that the city of San Diego will not allow a fireworks display near a seal and sea lion rookery in La Jolla this year:

By letting the Fourth of July fireworks fizzle, La Jolla has given a little liberty and justice to seals and sea lions, who will now be free from the booms and blasts that could have panicked mothers into abandoning their pups. This is a happy day for the PETA members who protested outside Mayor Todd Gloria’s office Tuesday, for the kind San Diegans and Animal Protection and Rescue League members who fought this thoughtless display every step of the way, and for every animal, wild or domestic, who calls the La Jolla Cove home.

A photo of PETA’s protest is available here

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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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