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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cruelty charges laid against Marineland by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) were withdrawn last week.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.”

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Eleven counts of animal cruelty against Marineland have been withdrawn.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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