Category: Niagara Falls Marineland

OSPCA threatened Marineland’s ‘extinction’: Lawsuit

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland’s $21-million lawsuit against the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is the result of “injuries and damages, including special damages” suffered as a result of the animal welfare organization’s animal cruelty charges laid against the park.

In a statement of claim obtained by Niagara Falls Review this week, Marineland accuses the OSPCA of “malice” towards the park, bowing to pressure from the “animal activist community” to lay animal cruelty charges in January and last November in order to please its donors.

“In addition, through its press releases and public statements … the OSPCA has threatened Marineland with effective extinction,” says the 34-page statement of claim, filed on Oct. 24 in St. Catharines.

Marineland launches lawsuit against OSPCA

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland has filed a lawsuit against the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).

The Niagara Falls park filed the charges Tuesday in Toronto, according to OSPCA spokeswoman Stephanie Johns. When asked for comment, the animal welfare organization issued a statement saying it “vehemently denies all of the allegations and will defend itself.

“No further comment can be made at this time as the matter is being referred to counsel and is before the courts.”

Likewise, Marineland would not elaborate on the lawsuit or specify the amount being sought: “Marineland does not presently have anything to provide to you in relation to your enquiry.”

End of summer brings protesters back to Marineland

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

No sooner does Brenda Manning start talking about the scorn she’s endured as a Marineland protester over the years than a woman exits her vehicle, glares at her and proceeds to tell her she should “fight for human lives” instead.

Manning offers a smirk, then points out the woman left a child alone in the car.

For Manning, who has been protesting Marineland since the early ’90s, another day in front of the Niagara Falls theme park means another day of insults from random strangers.

“It kind of makes you lose faith in humanity when people throw things at you,” said the St. Catharines activist. “They’ve thrown packs of ketchup, I’ve been hit by a tomato … it just makes me stronger. I feel sorry for those people.”

Marineland and OSPCA continue sparring

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It didn’t take long for Marineland and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) to renew hostilities.

A week after 11 charges of animal cruelty filed by OSPCA against the park were dropped in a Niagara Falls courtroom, the two sides were once again chirping at each other following a surprise inspection of Marineland on Wednesday.

In dueling statements, Marineland said the inspection found “no signs of abuse, distress, mistreatment or neglect” among its animals, while the OSPCA says inspectors found “11 items requiring action” involving veterinarians.

Neither side was budging Friday, referring media requests for comment to their own press releases.

The court case against Marineland might be over, but we can still consider this saga a ‘win’

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From a CBC News Opinion piece:

Despite years of bad press and seemingly credible allegations of animal abuse, it comes as little surprise that cruelty charges laid against Marineland by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) were withdrawn last week. The Crown said there was no reasonable chance of conviction.

Animal cruelty convictions are notoriously rare in Canada. But though the law may not recognize it, the very nature of Marineland — to confine animals to unnatural environments for entertainment and profit — is cruel.

OSPCA ‘extremely’ disappointed Marineland charges dropped

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is feeling blindsided after 11 charges of animal cruelty it filed against Marineland were dropped in a Niagara Falls courtroom Thursday.

OSPCA chief inspector Connie Mallory said recent talks with the provincial prosecutor, including an e-mail Wednesday night, showed no indication the charges would soon evaporate.

“It wasn’t what we had anticipated,” she said. “It is extremely disappointing. It takes a lot of resources to do this.”

Marineland Canada Mournfully Reports The Passing Of Our Beloved Beluga Whale Gia

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From the Marineland Blog:

Marineland Canada has received preliminary necropsy results on, Gia, a beluga whale who has called Marineland home since birth.

Gia passed away suddenly at Marineland. Up until her passing, Gia appeared happy, healthy and a well-adjusted member of her pod. Gia was taken care of by a dedicated marine mammal care team that have given hours of care to her each day of her life.

Complete necropsy results will be provided when received.

Animal cruelty charges dropped against Marineland

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Eleven counts of animal cruelty against Marineland have been withdrawn.

The charges, filed in November and January by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA), were dropped by the Crown Thursday morning at Provincial Offences Court in Niagara Falls.

The charges related to the care of the park’s black bears, elk, deer, peacocks and guinea hens.

The Crown dropped eight of the charges because there was no “reasonable prospect” of conviction. The remaining three were dropped because they were deemed “not in the public’s interest” to pursue.

When contacted afterwards, an OSPCA spokeswoman was unaware of the withdrawal, saying “the decision to drop all the charges was one made by the Crown.

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Marineland mourning death of walrus

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland has announced the death of one of its walruses.

The Niagara Falls theme park says its marine-mammal care team is mourning the passing of Sonja, who died suddenly late Thursday when the park closed.

In a news release, Marineland said Sonja was under veterinary care for symptoms of an unknown illness, but her death came as a surprise.

Marineland bows out of CAZA

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland is voluntarily withdrawing its membership with the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) a month before its re-accreditation process.

A statement released this week by the Niagara Falls park says “extensive work” to be done this summer in a previously undeveloped area will “materially impact” its re-accreditation.

The process “will not accomplish the mutual goals of Marineland and CAZA at this time period.”

When asked for clarification, CAZA spokeswoman Ashley McArthur Street suggested all follow-up questions be deferred to Marineland, and provided a link to a current list of accredited facilities.

Marineland’s statement stressed the park “remains firmly committed to CAZA,” and is withdrawing its membership “to permit the expansion work to be completed and new operations harmonized with CAZA.”

Details of the expansion were not provided.

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