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    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 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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    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.

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