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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…

‘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 cruelty case deferred to Feb.

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland will return to court Feb. 23 to answer to 11 charges of animal cruelty.

Lawyers for the Niagara Falls tourist attraction requested and received a deferral during a brief appearance Thursday morning at Provincial Offences Court.

Marineland owner John Holer did not attend.

Marineland faces animal cruelty charges:OSPCA

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From Niagara This Week:

Marineland was charged Monday with six counts of animal cruelty, but the company dismissed the allegations, accusing Ontario’s animal welfare agency of acting on behalf of “a band of discredited activists.”

The latest charges, filed by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, relate to a number of land animals kept at the tourist attraction in Niagara Falls, Ont.

They include one count each of permitting elk, red deer and fallow deer to be in distress, and one count each of failing to provide the standards of care for those animals.

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Marineland charged with five counts of animal cruelty

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From the Globe and Mail:

Ontario’s animal welfare agency laid five animal cruelty charges against Marineland on Friday, levelling allegations of mistreatment that were swiftly rejected by the amusement park.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the charges against the Niagara Falls, Ont., tourist attraction relate to peacocks, guinea hens and black bears — and noted that further charges are pending.

The OSPCA said inspection officers and a veterinarian went to Marineland on Nov. 10 after receiving a complaint about alleged animal cruelty.

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Marineland demonstrations won’t go away, activist says

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From Niagara This Week:

“We’re never, ever leaving.”

So said local activist Mike Garrett as hundreds gathered outside Marineland in a bid to draw attention to what they see as mistreatment of the park’s animal charges.

And it was a case of going back to the future as demonstrators gathered on Labour Day for the first time since the 1990s.

Marineland disputes claim by activist that walrus is in ill health

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From Niagara This Week:

Phil Demers was disheartened when he was sent a video of Zeus, one of Marineland’s walruses last week.

“He’s lost hundreds of pounds,” Demers said. “He should weigh up to 3,000 pounds. I’d be shocked if he weighed 1,000.”

In the video in question, Zeus can be seen in what has become a rare appearance at the park. The 13-year-old walrus moves slowly for a few moments before settling near the edge of the water in the park’s show theatre…

Marineland, meanwhile, said the concerns for Zeus’ health were unfounded and that like all of the park’s animals, it receives proper veterinary care.

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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.

Opening day demonstration at Marineland

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

On one side of the chain link fence families were lined up to enjoy a day of fun and activities at Marineland. On the other side of the fence were hundreds of animal activists voicing their concerns about the treatment and captivity of animals.

Keeping a close eye on the situation were Niagara Regional Police who were kept busy directing traffic and making sure things remained peaceful.

The annual opening day demonstration at Marineland began at 11 a.m. on Saturday and continued until about 2 p.m. with closing remarks by a number of the participants.

“Opening day is always one of the larger protests and right now we have about 300 people that have come to join us,” said Mike Garrett, organizer and long-time anti captivity advocate from the Niagara area.

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Hidden camera footage sparks angry response from Marineland

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A new video released by international non-profit group Last Chance for Animals exposes “inhumane treatment” of beluga whales at the park, according to a group spokesman.

The five-minute clip is comprised of hidden-camera footage shot over five months by an LCA investigator hired as a Marineland summer employee last year. It documents what the group calls “insufficient care,” showing belugas bunched together, covered in scars and skin conditions. One young calf named Gia, separated from her mother, is shown in an isolation pool “where her condition deteriorated.”

Adam Wilson, LCA’s director of investigations, said the employee shot “discreet” footage with high definition cameras. The majority of footage focussed on the park’s 46 belugas, the largest population of captive belugas in the world.

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