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Mayor closes Children’s Pool at night

LA JOLLA, Calif. – Mayor Bob Filner issued an emergency order to close the Children’s Pool in La Jolla between sunset and sunrise, beginning Tuesday night, in response to alleged abuse of harbor seals captured on videotape.

sealsThe nighttime closure will remain in effect until the official end of seal pupping season on May 15, Filner said.

According to the mayor’s office, the recently installed seal cam captured images of people breaching a rope barrier at night, kicking, punching and sitting on top of the mother seals and their pups, and driving them from their resting places. The rope barrier is meant to discourage people from going onto the beach to disturb seals during pupping season.

“I felt it was important to take this step after evidence of individuals seen on videotape, harassing, taunting and causing stress to the seals at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla,” Filner said. “The behavior was shocking, reprehensible and certainly not a reflection of how most citizens in our fine city believe animals should be treated.”

Harbor seals took over the beach in the early 1990s, causing strife between animal rights activists and beach-access advocates who want the area returned to its original use as a safe swimming area for children.

“It’s great that the new mayor is being proactive and at least closing the seal rookery at night, when the seals are without any protection, and the rope is not really visible,” said Bryan Pease, a lawyer who represents the Animal Protection and Rescue League.

“This is important for public safety and for protection of the resting marine mammals during their pupping season,” Pease said.

Animal rights groups have frequently claimed videotaped documentation of people annoying the seals on the beach.

The seal cam was recently placed on a lifeguard tower that’s slated for demolition. Its images are frequently broadcast on CityTV, the city of San Diego’s cable outlet.


25 Comments to “Mayor closes Children’s Pool at night”

    Johnny B. Goode said:
    March 19, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    What the f— is wrong with these people?!?!?!?! You people should be arrested for animal cruelty and for being a waste of human flesh!

    Chris said:
    March 19, 2013 at 5:54 PM


    In the right mind said:
    March 19, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    I think it was the animal rights group setup. Just like the dumbacrats setups to get there way.

    Ida said:
    March 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    These people are insane.I am glad something is being done about it.

    Carol said:
    March 19, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Some people are just EVIL!

    Soothsayer said:
    March 19, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    I am all for animal rights. But if you have ever met Brian Pease in person. He is a lying manipulative evil person incarnate.

    Kids first! said:
    March 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Oh my!

    This is just a couple of people enjoying nature at it's best, the seal in the picture is not being hurt.


    Open the childrens pool for the children!

    There are many beaches along the California coast that people do not have access to for the poor seals. It's a large coast line and plenty of space for all of us!

    Animals First said:
    March 20, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Exactly, Kids first – plenty of space for all of us, and plenty of beaches humans can use elsewhere. Your argument goes both ways, and this abuse towards animals demonstrates that collectively humans can't live in harmony with nature. Humans don't deserve this area and can drive 10 mins in either direction to another beach.

      Great White :-) said:
      March 20, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      I too wish the humans would stop bothering my dinner, it's hard enough to find a nice place to dine along the coast.

      Wait a minute,

      There are plenty of sea lions to dine on up and down the coast, and please take all the pictures you humans want!

      Thanks for your help,
      Great White

    Harvey Wallbanger said:
    March 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Hello… it's called the "Children's" pool and cost a fortune
    get rid of those damn seal lions, why do you hate children?

      Animals First said:
      March 20, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Harvey – the appropriate question to ask is why do people abuse seals?

        Flower power! said:
        March 20, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        There was no abuse in the video!

        What you see is two young ladies taking a photo of them selves on a beach that was built for children to play safely on. The seals are a danger to the children, and should be pushed to another beach. The number of seals in California are not in danger and there is no abuse happening by moving them along to another sandy beach! Get it child hatter!

          Animals First said:
          March 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

          You are welcome to your flawed opinion.

            Ha! ha! said:
            March 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM


            You seem to forget who we are, we the people as humans are animals also.

            So your comment is also flawed.

            Let the children play!

            Animals First said:
            March 20, 2013 at 2:55 PM

            Well done for inexpertly holding up your side of the argument.

    Alyse said:
    March 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    To all the self entitled idiots who think the "children's pool" should be open for the children:

    -The current created by the rock wall is DANGEROUS!!!!!!!!! Do you not realize that your small child could be swept out into the one ocean in a matter of seconds???

    -I know there are exceptions to every rule, but for the most part, we as humans have done a great job at steadily destroying nature. This children's pool accidentally became a perfect place for mother seals to safely breed and raise their young, vulnerable pups. Don't you think the least we can do is keep the stupid drunk b****es from harassing them and therefor pushing them into the open ocean, where they will most likely die????

    Get off your high La Jolla horse, and think of something other than yourselves for once. You have plenty other beach to work with…. Why don't we, for once, do something for our awesome, natural wildlife here in San Diego.

    Marna Cahn said:
    March 21, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Really?!? Just watching this makes my blood pressure boom. I've stopped going up there because I might just smack these stupid people. Why can't the folks who are harassing the seals be arrested and fined heavily? If SD would start to penalize these idiots perhaps they would stop.

    Whowasherefirst said:
    March 21, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Yo..Flower Power, get real. That goes for the rest of you stupid people who think every square inch of land is your playground. How about next time you are laying on your meter of real estate someone come on up and start flipping you over and pulling on those things you call ears? Oh the children the children…..the children have plenty of places to go. No one here is a child hater…..We just know that you breeding lot will take over and destroy everything in site along with your little darlings.

    renata said:
    March 25, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    you know, children are not swimming on the beaches at night, and they are in school (or should be) 5 days a week, so for the pupping season, you would think that MOTHERS would be happy to see seals and their pups in a safe breeding environment. I wonder how some of the people spouting child-hating to we who are concerned for all species, would feel about people or another species coming into their birthing rooms harassing them, taking pictures with flash, etc. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE BEING HARASSED WHILE PREGNANT??? Just think about the other specie's situation, just for a bit. And give a little bit! <><

    Pssst off said:
    March 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    OMG it's a good thing I don't live there. I'd post myself on the beach with a bee bee gun and shoot whenever I saw one person touching these magnificant creatures. Better, I'd put blood in the water so the great whites would grab that nasty bitches feet while standing in the water and eat her for lunch. God I hate people. So many have no GD sense and worse, they are full of hate for innocent species. Who the hell do they think they are? When I hear of poor white, black or Asian trash abusing animals, I marvel at how much they whine when their rights are violated. tsk tsk.

    Mayor, God bless you. Shut the beach permanently and let the assholes drive 10 minutes down the shore line to another beach. Better, send the Coast Guard to SIT on the assholes and abuse them in any way they can.

    As for kids, love them. But the kids of this trash will end up being trash as well. So YES I hate them already. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. pphhhbt

    Jrcullis said:
    April 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    What an absolutely great teaching opportunity…hey kids the world is not your playground and doesn't revolve around you. And yes, I am a parent.

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