Category: Niagara Falls Marineland

‘No issues of concern’ after Marineland inspection

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Facing 11 counts of animal cruelty from the OSPCA (Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Marineland is touting the results of a recent inspection by its own Animal Care Committee. Read More…

Marineland cruelty case deferred to Feb.

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland will return to court Feb. 23 to answer to 11 charges of animal cruelty.

Lawyers for the Niagara Falls tourist attraction requested and received a deferral during a brief appearance Thursday morning at Provincial Offences Court.

Marineland owner John Holer did not attend.

Marineland faces animal cruelty charges:OSPCA

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From Niagara This Week:

Marineland was charged Monday with six counts of animal cruelty, but the company dismissed the allegations, accusing Ontario’s animal welfare agency of acting on behalf of “a band of discredited activists.”

The latest charges, filed by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, relate to a number of land animals kept at the tourist attraction in Niagara Falls, Ont.

They include one count each of permitting elk, red deer and fallow deer to be in distress, and one count each of failing to provide the standards of care for those animals.

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Marineland charged with five counts of animal cruelty

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From the Globe and Mail:

Ontario’s animal welfare agency laid five animal cruelty charges against Marineland on Friday, levelling allegations of mistreatment that were swiftly rejected by the amusement park.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the charges against the Niagara Falls, Ont., tourist attraction relate to peacocks, guinea hens and black bears — and noted that further charges are pending.

The OSPCA said inspection officers and a veterinarian went to Marineland on Nov. 10 after receiving a complaint about alleged animal cruelty.

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Marineland demonstrations won’t go away, activist says

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From Niagara This Week:

“We’re never, ever leaving.”

So said local activist Mike Garrett as hundreds gathered outside Marineland in a bid to draw attention to what they see as mistreatment of the park’s animal charges.

And it was a case of going back to the future as demonstrators gathered on Labour Day for the first time since the 1990s.

Marineland disputes claim by activist that walrus is in ill health

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From Niagara This Week:

Phil Demers was disheartened when he was sent a video of Zeus, one of Marineland’s walruses last week.

“He’s lost hundreds of pounds,” Demers said. “He should weigh up to 3,000 pounds. I’d be shocked if he weighed 1,000.”

In the video in question, Zeus can be seen in what has become a rare appearance at the park. The 13-year-old walrus moves slowly for a few moments before settling near the edge of the water in the park’s show theatre…

Marineland, meanwhile, said the concerns for Zeus’ health were unfounded and that like all of the park’s animals, it receives proper veterinary care.

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Opening day demonstration at Marineland

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

On one side of the chain link fence families were lined up to enjoy a day of fun and activities at Marineland. On the other side of the fence were hundreds of animal activists voicing their concerns about the treatment and captivity of animals.

Keeping a close eye on the situation were Niagara Regional Police who were kept busy directing traffic and making sure things remained peaceful.

The annual opening day demonstration at Marineland began at 11 a.m. on Saturday and continued until about 2 p.m. with closing remarks by a number of the participants.

“Opening day is always one of the larger protests and right now we have about 300 people that have come to join us,” said Mike Garrett, organizer and long-time anti captivity advocate from the Niagara area.

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Hidden camera footage sparks angry response from Marineland

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A new video released by international non-profit group Last Chance for Animals exposes “inhumane treatment” of beluga whales at the park, according to a group spokesman.

The five-minute clip is comprised of hidden-camera footage shot over five months by an LCA investigator hired as a Marineland summer employee last year. It documents what the group calls “insufficient care,” showing belugas bunched together, covered in scars and skin conditions. One young calf named Gia, separated from her mother, is shown in an isolation pool “where her condition deteriorated.”

Adam Wilson, LCA’s director of investigations, said the employee shot “discreet” footage with high definition cameras. The majority of footage focussed on the park’s 46 belugas, the largest population of captive belugas in the world.

Marineland dismisses rumours of orca’s death

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland says rumours that its lone killer whale died over the weekend was part of an “orchestrated” attack by animal rights activists.

Without naming the group or individuals that started them, Marineland says “false allegations” were posted that Kiska – the only captive orca in Canada – had died. It came after several phone calls the park received inquiring about Kiska’s condition.

“Repeated calls were made to Marineland’s information line by a number of individuals, all of whom demanded to know whether Kiska was still alive,” said a park spokesperson in an e-mailed response to The Review. “They were all assured that Kiska is fine and healthy.

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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