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cruelty charges laid against Marineland by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) were withdrawn last week.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.
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Eleven counts of animal cruelty against Marineland have been withdrawn.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.