The Smell of Animal Rights
(San Diego, California)
An apparently horrific sea lion stench, caused by waste from the sea lions at La Jolla Cove in San Diego, is causing a lot of inconvenience to local residents and businesses.Visitors to La Jolla Cove are encouraged to hold their noses.
The stench is reportedly so bad that a number of businesses in the area are suing the city for not acting to find an enduring solution to the problem.
The issue of the sea lion stench raises serious questions about the balance between animal rights and the welfare of humans. The situation is complex as the animals are protected, to a degree, by federal and state laws.
Local residents and merchants say the stench from the sea lions, as well as from birds, is so bad that it is affecting business and poses a health risk.
Many people have had enough of the smell and have decided to take action. Last week the Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement (yes – there is such an organization) filed suit in the San Diego Court.