Opinion: Dog ban upholds Marine Mammal act

Courtney Hibbard

La Jolla Resident

In the recent ban of dogs from the La Jolla Children's Pool, the City Council has committed to uphold the 1975 Marine Mammal Protection Act, which bars any interference with the natural behavior of marine mammals. Although I love dogs and volunteer with a local animal shelter, I distrust the dogs' owners who don't respect the seals' needs for protection and repose.

In prohibiting dogs from the vicinity of Casa Beach (The Children's Pool), seals have one fewer battle to fight when resting on the shore because owners don't always restrain dogs from scaring the seals.

The next step is for the city to create a Marine Mammal Park at Casa Beach, which would serve public education, promote safe viewing of harbor seals and guarantee quiet interlude for the seals while they're not hunting for food.



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