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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.

    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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    Animal activist calls Marineland lawsuit ‘frivolous’

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    From Niagara This Week:

    An animal rights activist who filed a complaint with Niagara Regional Police after a confrontation with Marineland owner John Holer has dismissed a lawsuit filed against him by the park.

    “Their Statement of Claim is frivolous and has almost nothing to do with me, personally,” Mike Garrett said after he was served with court documents informing him the 52-year-old theme park is seeking $1.5 million — general damages of $1 million and punitive damages of $500,000. “In their claim, Marineland makes numerous absurd and false allegations about myself.”

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