2013 ART JOURNAL – The final day of this year ended with the distressing event of the City of San Diego deciding to not abide by the federal laws, which protect the marine mammals and migratory birds in La Jolla. Instead the City of San Diego had a gate cut into the protective fence, which now allows and indeed, encourages visitors and tourists to climb down eroded and slippery bluffs to scare away the sea lions, cormorants and pelicans for good. This was in response to the businesses of La Jolla suing the City claiming that they were losing money due to the odor of the sea lions and birds. There are baby sea lions who are still nursing and cormorants who are in the breeding season and have just started building their nests. Tourists and visitors coming to this area to see the wild life, will never know or understand that they are being used to scare away all of the wild life. It is immoral. Will there be a hero to step up and close the gate and enforce the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act so that these innocent sea lions and birds will be able to share this planet with humans? The sea lions are mammals and so are we. Why is it so impossible for all of us to live in harmony? All I can do is make my voice heard, try to educate the public about the sea lions and birds and hope and pray.
Above is a photo of what the bluff is like now. Empty except for people trying to get as close as possible to the few remaining sea lions to take a vacation photo. & here are a few photos of the vibrant and energetic life that lived here peacefully before. It hurts my heart to know that when push comes to shove, wild life always loses to people. I remember the joy and peace that this location brought to my soul, I light candles, pray and try to have patience with human beings who simply cannot understand that we all need to live here together in peace and harmony. I don’t know if that day will ever come, but I can’t seem to give up the fight to achieve it and the hope that it will happen.