Animal activists that got the Baseball player Dave Winfield went too far. This is because it Dave Winfield did not kill the seagull intentionally. If anything it was accidental since he may not have known that the seagull was at a certain place when he use his baseball bat to play.
If the killing of the bird was accidental, caused by hitting a baseball during a game, than there is no way the guy should have been charged with any crime. This is plain absurd! Things happen all the time that are out of our control. Further, it's just a darn seagull!
Thirty years ago police officer arrested Winfield because he thought the player intentional aimed at and hit the seagull. Charges were dropped because no intent was shown, but if there was intent, he would have been in violation of an existing Toronto law. This has nothing to do with animal activists, unless you consider any animal cruelty law to be a result of animal activism.
No, animal activists do not go too far because animals need someone to speak for them. Animals cannot argue back in the court of law. Activists must be present to give animals their rights. This particular case may have gone a little too far, but we cannot judge all activists on one case.