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‘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 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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Marineland’s killer whale is ill, animal rights group says

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From CBC News:

An animal rights group says the killer whale at Marineland appears to be sick, but officials insist that Kiska, a mainstay of the Niagara Falls, Ont., water park for many years, is in good health.

Orca United recently sent CBC News photos which it says show signs of a troubling condition known as “peanut head” — an indentation near the blowhole that is a sign of severe weight loss.

CBC News was given access to the park and Kiska. Her trainers say she has “good girth” and eats between 40 and 55 kilograms of fish a day.

Marineland wildlife “dying to entertain you”

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From Now Toronto:

Several hundred animal rights and liberation activists marched five kilometres through the streets of Niagara Falls to the gates of Marineland for opening day demanding the release of the park’s captive wildlife.

John Holer, the park’s owner, was onsite but did not address the crowd directly.

Marineland: Killer whale bleeding for months, trainer says

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From the Toronto Star:

Kiska, the killer whale, swims alone in her pool at Marineland, often followed by a trail of her own blood.

Her tail has been bleeding off and on since July but has been getting progressively worse, according to Christine Santos, who has been one of Kiska’s primary trainers. She described the bleeding as “gushing” last week.

Marineland lawyer Andrew Burns emailed the Star Tuesday saying allegations described by the paper were “seriously inaccurate, false, and if published are defamatory of Marineland, its veterinarians and Mr. Holer.”

The Star also has an article about how the shutdown of the Ontario government will affect the animal rights changes that were announced. The article is called Marineland: Ontario minister pledges to continue work to beef up animal protection despite house being shut

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