Abuse of Sea Lions Prompts California Legislators to Seek Harsher Penalties for Animal Cruelty

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Sea lions are caged while being treated at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach in 2013. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

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In the wake of an attack on a marine wildlife rehabilitation facility in Laguna Beach, five legislators have authored a bill that was introduced Wednesday to increase the penalties for animal cruelty.

The attack last month on the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, in which someone sloshed large amounts of chlorine into a pool where 17 sea lions were being treated, angered the community and animal rights activists and prompted the legislation.

“It takes a certain depravity to commit deliberate harm to an animal in protective care,” a written summary of the bill said.

The marine mammal center has received numerous donations and several organizations have offered rewards for information on the case.

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