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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.”

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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The court case against Marineland might be over, but we can still consider this saga a ‘win’

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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.

OSPCA ‘extremely’ disappointed Marineland charges dropped

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is feeling blindsided after 11 charges of animal cruelty it filed against Marineland were dropped in a Niagara Falls courtroom Thursday.

OSPCA chief inspector Connie Mallory said recent talks with the provincial prosecutor, including an e-mail Wednesday night, showed no indication the charges would soon evaporate.

“It wasn’t what we had anticipated,” she said. “It is extremely disappointing. It takes a lot of resources to do this.”

Animal cruelty charges dropped against Marineland

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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.

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‘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 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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