Marineland important for Niagara economy: Thomson

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A bill that would prohibit anyone from owning and breeding orcas in Ontario could impact 700 direct jobs in Niagara Falls and 36,000 indirect jobs across the region, says Coun. Wayne Thomson.

    But animal rights activists say Marineland could survive, even thrive, as a theme park without animals.

    “Anybody would put up their hand in a second in the municipality to make sure they protected that, but those 700 jobs precipitate, if you can imagine, 36,000 jobs not only in Niagara Falls but in the entire region,” Thomson recently said to a parliamentary committee at Queen’s Park.

    “The 700 jobs is just Marineland. The 36,000 in the restaurants, in the hotels and motels, that’s what really is the spinoff of Marineland.”

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