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    Marineland fight comes to City Hall

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    From Niagara This Week:

    It was far from quiet at City Hall on Tuesday as demonstrators protested outside council chambers for the second consecutive council meeting.

    As city councillors dealt with motions, zoning changes and other regular council business inside, demonstrators from Marineland Animal Defense — a self-described campaign of concerned citizens determined to end animal captivity at Marineland — banged pots and pans, chanted (some through megaphones), and played a siren outside, standing just below the second-floor council chambers windows downstairs. Group spokesperson Dylan Powell said they were protesting at city hall for four reasons: council’s refusal to enforce bylaws against Marineland, the lease of a piece of public land to Marineland owner John Holer, attempts by the city to stop the group’s summer protests outside the park and what they perceive as the mishandling of the Green Oaks trailer park issue.

    Marineland launches another suit

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    From Sun News:

    Marineland has filed its second lawsuit in less than a month.

    This time the marine-animal theme park is taking aim at Marineland Animal Defense founder Dylan Powell.

    The statement of claim was filed at the St. Catharines courthouse Friday afternoon.

    It asks for a permanent restraint from Powell and his company from trespassing on Marineland’s property, the Niagara Falls Animal Medical Centre’s property, Marineland owner John Holer’s property, Marineland veterinarian June Mergl’s property and any residence or private property owned by a Marineland employee.

    It also says Powell can’t protest within 500 metres of any of those properties.

    In addition, Powell is being sued for $1.5 million for general damages.

    Rainforest Cafe threatens suit against animal advocates

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Canadian Niagara Hotels has threatened a local animal advocacy group with legal action if it doesn’t remove online postings claiming mistreatment of animals at the Rainforest Cafe.

    Last month, Marineland Animal Defense (MAD) posted on its website and Facebook page that an employee at the Clifton Hill theme restaurant said a number of fish had been removed from a 5,500-gallon aquarium after a crack had formed in a tank.

    According to MAD, a local group that advocates for the end of animal captivity at Marineland, several horse-eye jack fish died during the transfer process and a white-tip reef shark was being housed in a pool that is inadequate for the animal.

    The Niagara Falls Humane Society inspected the facility Jan. 3 and deemed the temporary housing met the standards of the Ontario Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act as well as the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

    “It’s not my intent to get into a debate with the principals of that association, but I wanted to be on record that we’re dealing with these animals very responsibly,” Doug Birrell, president of Canadian Niagara Hotels, said of the group’s claims.

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