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Seal Legislation Passes Calif. Assembly

jimvsmij, no one here has said anything about one species being more important than another. You keep coming back to a logic of "if you're not going to let roaches live in your house, then you shouldn't protect the seals." I find this confusing.

No one said that plants and insects aren't important - of course they are - Whether it's an ant, a sequoia, a shark, or a seal - they are all important. A healthy eco-system and healthy planet are comprised of ALL elements of these species. It's not one versus another - I don't see anyone bringing up that argument except you.

July 12, 2009 at 3:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Seal Legislation Passes Calif. Assembly

It's ironic to site snorkeling as one of the reasons to get rid of the seals. I snorkel and scuba dive myself and even over the last 10 years, the coastline has become so barren due to human overfishing (they've studied it, in case you ask, the seals have nothing to do with it). I've seen photos from the 40's and 50's where the waters off So Cal were simply teeming with fish, lobster, and abalone which covered the ocean floor. Whether you snorkel or spearfish, when you don't take steps to protect marine wildlife and the environment, you're left with a barren ocean and how is it fun to snorkel or spearfish in that?

If you're ever in Northern California, take a trip to Sequoia National Forest. Unlike Sequoia National Park which still has some sequoias, the National Forest was stripped clean of sequoias at the turn of the 1900's. There is a place called Stump Meadow which is a hauntingly sad spot to visit. It's a huge meadow covered by the stumps of these several-thousand year old trees. NO MORE sequoias can grow there because the water table was so affected when they were all cut down. It's just a huge meadow riddled with these enormous stumps. It's quite sobering. Once they're gone, they're gone. Per the arguments above, it's quite silly to say "if a sequoia sprouted in your living room would you cut it down?" or " if someone cut down weeds would you fight for them?" That's not the point at all, is it?

Scientists have already said that IN OUR LIFETIME, 50% of earth's species will become extinct solely due to human activity. Just take a minute to think about that. It's no wonder something so staggering is happening when you see a controversy over destroying the last seal rookery in Southern California when we have dominated every remaining inch of the coastline. Where else are these animals supposed to go except the way of the Passenger Pigeon?

July 11, 2009 at 7:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Seal Legislation Passes Calif. Assembly

When my children’s great-grandmother came to pay us a visit from Mississippi, there was one thing that she specifically asked to see. It wasn’t the Padres or San Diego Zoo. She wanted to see the seals in La Jolla.

These days, I have been watching the controversy over the La Jolla harbor seals with confusion. As a local resident I find it hard to believe that this is even a controversy. In San Diego, where we have literally miles and miles of beautiful public beaches, why are people denying these animals the 100-foot stretch of sand that is Casa Beach (Children’s Pool)?

Almost 80 years ago, Casa Beach was slated to be a children’s beach, but ask any child today which they would rather have, and I am sure that nearly all will pick the seals. My children have no shortage of beaches here in San Diego, but where else can they view a harbor seal colony in a natural habitat? (The answer is: nowhere else in San Diego county, Orange county or even L.A. county for that matter! This is the LAST one!)

For some of the previous commenters: you're wrong. Seals have been at Casa Beach for a long time - documented since the 1800's. It used to be called Seals Rock Bluff.

The large majority of La Jolla loves these seals, the tourists flock to see these seals, and the city council majority supports these seals.

In this world where our natural treasures are dwindling, the seals at Casa Beach are a jewel for La Jolla, its children, and its tourists. I pray that our children do not grown up in a world where animals only come from the zoo. How sad. We are meant to share this planet, not own it. San Diego is lucky to have this colony of seals choose her as their home and we should protect them with every voice, every vote, and every hand.

I'm shocked at some of these posters. Cattle prods and air horns? Such a sense of total ownership of the land? Comparing these lovely creatures to pests that must be stomped out? Hopefully one day you will realize that people are meant to be good tenants of the earth, not the suffocating landlords.

July 10, 2009 at 7:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )