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    Marineland confirms walrus death, two deer killed in opening day stampede

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    From CTVNews.ca:

    Controversial Canadian waterpark Marineland has announced the death of one of its walruses, days after “demonstrators” were blamed for causing a stampede that led to the deaths of two deer.

    The tourist attraction in Niagara Falls, Ont. announced Apollo’s death on Tuesday, confirming the 18-year-old animal died of a heart attack in late April.

    Tweet revenge: Demers says Marineland called cops over Twitter post

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Marineland and animal rights activist Phil Demers have been talking at each other, through their lawyers, for the past six years.

    But it took just six words to bring the police to his door this week, Demers says: “Life is short, steal a walrus.”

    He put out the six-word Twitter post Tuesday evening and by noon the next day Niagara Regional Police officers were at his home in Chippawa.

    Marineland about to make a $6M splash with Arctic-themed water feature

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Marineland is set to open a multimillion-dollar, two-acre, Arctic-themed splash pad.

    Polar Splash, which cost approximately $6 million to build and is located across from Friendship Cove, features 10 kid-friendly water slides along with 150 themed sprayers and jets designed to look like realistic dolphins, sea lions, belugas, walruses and polar bears.

    It allows visitors to play in an “immersive environment” filled with icebergs and a grotto, said Marineland officials.

    Marineland attributes deaths of two deer to activist-triggered stampede

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Marineland has temporarily closed its deer park after officials say two people intentionally caused the animals to stampede Saturday, resulting in the deaths of two deer.

    In a news release issued Sunday, the tourist attraction said “we are deeply disturbed by the shocking incident.”

    “This has never happened before and our guests have always, as a general rule, behaved responsibly in the deer park,” the statement read. “We are all upset by this terrible act against innocent animals. In order to protect our animals, we are closing the deer park to make modifications to prevent this type of incident from ever happening again.”

    Opening day brings addition to fence for Marineland

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A familiar sight will be awaiting Marineland when it opens for its 58th season Saturday: Protestors.

    But those protestors will be seeing something different: A long, blacked-out section of the fence dividing the property from Portage Road. It spans the grounds where protestors are legally allowed to gather, in the area across from the Rapidsview parking lot.

    OSPCA threatened Marineland’s ‘extinction’: Lawsuit

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Marineland’s $21-million lawsuit against the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is the result of “injuries and damages, including special damages” suffered as a result of the animal welfare organization’s animal cruelty charges laid against the park.

    In a statement of claim obtained by Niagara Falls Review this week, Marineland accuses the OSPCA of “malice” towards the park, bowing to pressure from the “animal activist community” to lay animal cruelty charges in January and last November in order to please its donors.

    “In addition, through its press releases and public statements … the OSPCA has threatened Marineland with effective extinction,” says the 34-page statement of claim, filed on Oct. 24 in St. Catharines.

    Marineland launches lawsuit against OSPCA

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Marineland has filed a lawsuit against the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).

    The Niagara Falls park filed the charges Tuesday in Toronto, according to OSPCA spokeswoman Stephanie Johns. When asked for comment, the animal welfare organization issued a statement saying it “vehemently denies all of the allegations and will defend itself.

    “No further comment can be made at this time as the matter is being referred to counsel and is before the courts.”

    Likewise, Marineland would not elaborate on the lawsuit or specify the amount being sought: “Marineland does not presently have anything to provide to you in relation to your enquiry.”

    End of summer brings protesters back to Marineland

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    No sooner does Brenda Manning start talking about the scorn she’s endured as a Marineland protester over the years than a woman exits her vehicle, glares at her and proceeds to tell her she should “fight for human lives” instead.

    Manning offers a smirk, then points out the woman left a child alone in the car.

    For Manning, who has been protesting Marineland since the early ’90s, another day in front of the Niagara Falls theme park means another day of insults from random strangers.

    “It kind of makes you lose faith in humanity when people throw things at you,” said the St. Catharines activist. “They’ve thrown packs of ketchup, I’ve been hit by a tomato … it just makes me stronger. I feel sorry for those people.”

    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.

    OSPCA surprise inspection at Marineland

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Marineland says investigators with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found no signs of abuse or neglect during a surprise visit on Wednesday

    The Niagara Falls attraction, in a statement released Thursday, said the inspection further confirms the park’s “total innocence to all allegations made by discredited activists.”

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