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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Animal Advocates supports July 4th fireworks cancellation near sea lion pups

Seal and sea lion pups in La Jolla Cove rookery, July 4th fireworks, San Diego, California, APRL, Bryan Pease, PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, Animal Advocates, Mary Cummins
Seal and sea lion pups in La Jolla Cove rookery, July 4th fireworks, San Diego, California, APRL, Bryan Pease, PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, Animal Advocates, Mary Cummins

Animal Advocates supports July 4th fireworks cancellation near sea lion pups

LOS ANGELES, CA (AAPR) July 3, 2021 - The City of San Diego, California will not allow Fourth of July fireworks in La Jolla Cove near the sea lion and seal pup rookery because the event organizers never obtained a required permit from the State Coastal Commission.

The Animal Protection Rescue League (APRL) filed a lawsuit (Case #37-2021-00021842-CU-BT-CTL ) May 17, 2021 in San Diego County to stop the event because fireworks violate the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Coastal Commission Act and other related city, state and federal wildlife and environment regulations.

“Defendants’ plans are certain to disturb the sea lion pups at Point La Jolla, as well as the harbor seal pups" "at Children’s Pool Beach, in violation of the MMPA and San Diego Municipal Codes,” stated APRL in the suit. “Blasting fireworks off over La Jolla Cove, a marine protected area, will also result in pollution of the air and water with chemicals from the fireworks, damaging sensitive marine life in the area."

“Harmful byproducts of fireworks including perchlorate, dioxins, and metals that are considered persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals. These chemicals may adversely impact marine mammal and human health and the environment.”

“Fireworks are just a horrible thing generally, but to do it right there in a sensitive marine habitat is completely thoughtless and selfish,” said Pease a California attorney, who filed the most recent lawsuit. “It’s disrespectful to nature and wildlife, but also to people who want to peacefully enjoy nature and wildlife.”

Ingrid Newkirk of PETA stated "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, 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."

"We're happy to see the City of San Diego enforce the legal regulations for marine mammals and the environment" stated Mary Cummins of Los Angeles based Animal Advocates a wildlife rescue organization.

A Coastal Commission notice issued to Deborah Marengo, director of the La Jolla Community Fireworks Foundation, says that “due to the ongoing harassment of sea lions at Point La Jolla, the current presence of pupping activity and the proposed location of the fireworks show immediately adjacent to them, commission staff has been meeting with the city and in contact with other resource agencies to identify measures to avoid further harassment.”
The commission told the city of San Diego that “the fireworks show should be relocated to an alternative site … further away from Point La Jolla in order to avoid or minimize adverse impacts to the sea lions and their pups.”

Back in May, the Animal Protection and Rescue League filed a legal complaint to block Deborah Marengo and her group, the La Jolla Community Fireworks Foundation, from launching fireworks. APRL said it intends to continue its lawsuit in order to ensure event organizers do not attempt to shoot off fireworks in any similarly sensitive habitat area this year or in future years.



The Animal Protection and Rescue League Inc. (APRL) is a California nonprofit organization founded in 2003 that works to protect the rights and habitats of all animals. Bryan Pease of the Law Office of Bryan W. Pease ( is a California attorney and Board member of APRL.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is a Virginia non-profit Animal Rights organization founded in 1971. Ingrid Newkirk is a British Animal Welfarist and the President of PETA.

Animal Advocates, Animal Advocates Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AASPCA) is a non-profit wildlife rescue and education organization in Los Angeles, California that rescues ill, injured and orphaned native wildlife for release back to the wild. Animal Advocates also offers wildlife and animal education. Mary Cummins ( founded Animal Advocates in 2002 as a wildlife rehabilitator. Cummins is also a licensed and certified real estate appraiser.

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Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.

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