"We pushed so hard to get the last dolphin out of there," says Woodyer. "You can imagine how upsetting it was to hear they were bringing in pinnipeds."
"It's like bashing your head against the wall, dealing with West Edmonton Mall," Tove Reece, Executive Director of A Voice For Animals, tells The Dodo.
The Edmonton-based animal rights group continued to campaign against WEM as the trio of California sea lions were brought to the mall in 2004. The animals came from the Blair Drummond Safari Park in the UK, where they were born. A fourth sea lion never even made it to Edmonton.