looks like an older forum, but hopefully magooch has become a little more enlightened. Even if we refer to the biblical term of dominion, we should consider this in an entirely new context of an overpopulated, overpolluted, overstressed planet, and consider the need for responsibility and stewardship rather than master and slave. We need to see ourselves as part of the greater global system and how can we promote more natural environment. We run into conflict when we extend into their areas not the other way around. We have crowded the rest of the natural world so much we are creating more conflict every day. I would hope this would be clear to most kayakers, maybe harder to understand for a jetskier.
For the dog owner he led his dog into harms way. If you are so concerned would you launch with a sea lion swimming in the area? would you show more concern than the dog owner did for his pet.
finally, I have an old sea lion (perception) and it has never hurt me ....... or my dog. If even took me an island off the coast Maine this summer!