Tag: dolphins

    Marineland takes issue with animal rights group

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Marineland has taken aim at a provincial animal rights group, accusing it of “exploitive effort to use children” in a campaign that is meant to sway the opinion of senate committee currently holding hearings on a bill that would ban the breeding and importation of whales and dolphins in Canada. Read More…

    Anti-captivity ad pulled from Niagara Falls bus

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A U.S.-based animal advocacy group is questioning why an ad it placed on a Niagara Transit bus was removed last month.

    Alex Lewis-Dorer, president of the anti-captivity group Fins and Fluke, said the ad was supposed to be displayed for the entire month of July, but was taken off the bus after three weeks.

    The ad, with images of captive dolphins, beluga whales and orcas, stated “50 years ago corporations said smoking was safe.” A second caption read: “Science is speaking again on captivity. Don’t let it take another 50 years to listen.”

    Mindful of a potential lawsuit, Lewis-Dorer said none of the photos were taken at Marineland in Niagara Falls.

    Marineland Welcomes Ontario’s Community Safety Minister’s Announcement Regarding Animal Welfare

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    From Yahoo! Canada Finance:

    Marineland welcomes the announcement by Ontario’s Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur in regards to animal welfare and her decision to seek independent scientific advice in the establishment of appropriate standards of care for marine mammals.
    The wellbeing of our animals and mammals has, and always will be, our first priority. Our dolphins, whales, sea lions, walruses, deer and bears are what attract the tens of millions who have watched our shows and visited our attraction. Like us, our visitors want to ensure those animals and mammals they love are well cared for and we are confident the establishment of transparent standards of care will provide that assurance and in the process ensure the long-term and ongoing success of Marineland.

    Former Marineland staff ‘sickened’ by park’s explanations

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Brendan Kelly left after his shift last week as MC of the stadium show at Marineland, and hasn’t gone back. The grinning guy in the bright red shirt who invited children to feed the dolphins couldn’t take it anymore.

    “I can’t go back now. I just can’t face being that happy person, knowing what happens to the animals,” said Kelly.

    Vacationing in Ontario: Family trip to Niagara Falls proves all wet — in a good way (with video)

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    From the News-Herald (in northern Ohio):

    My oldest son, Nate, was dancing around his seat even before the dolphin, walrus and sea lion show officially began at the outdoor Marineland stadium.

    His enthusiasm paid off.

    The emcee chose 9-year-old Nate from the packed crowd and invited him on stage in the middle of the show to feed and pet the bottlenose dolphins.

    Marineland was our first stop and one of the highlights of our family’s four-day, early June trip to Niagara Falls, Canada.

    Day of action sparks protest at Marineland

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    From Niagara This Week:

    It was a mostly soggy Saturday morning and afternoon for the dozens of activists who stood just outside the Marineland property, seeking honks of support for their efforts to raise awareness for captive ocean animals.

    Lining up along Marineland Drive, the protestors held up a variety of large, handmade signs with provocative statements to catch the attention of passing motorists, as well as those heading into the amusement, which recently opened for the season.

    While many of those there were local, more than a few came from outside Niagara’s borders.

    Toronto’s Angela Salewsky said people need to realize how badly the animals are treated, despite what marine park owners say about providing them with 24-hour veterinarian care and an ample food supply.

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