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    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 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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    Marineland lawsuit accuses former trainer of plotting to steal walrus

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Marineland has sued former trainer Phil Demers for trespassing on the park’s property, claiming he also schemed to steal Smooshi the walrus.

    The $1.5 million suit against Demers, who worked as a senior marine mammal trainer, says he unlawfully stormed the park during a live stadium show on closing day last Oct. 7. Demers was with other activists, says the suit.

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    Mayor defends Marineland amid allegations

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    …In a story published in a Toronto newspaper Wednesday, Demers said the poor conditions and a lack of action by park owner John Holer is what made him quit – and subsequently break a non-disclosure agreement by going public.

    The public reaction to the report has been significant, with Marineland trending on Twitter. Many called for the park to be shut down by the City of Niagara Falls, but Mayor Jim Diodati said Wednesday it’s not something city hall has jurisdiction over.

    “We don’t regulate or license them,” Diodati said. “We’re not involved in monitoring them, that’s another body. We make sure the property taxes are paid and that there are no other bylaw infringements taking place.”

    The mayor defended the amusement park, saying he’s been going to Marineland since he was a youth and has never seen any signs of animal mistreatment…

    Former trainer blasts Marineland conditions

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Leaving Marineland broke Phil Demers’ heart. But he had to do it.

    The 34-year-old animal trainer left Marineland after 12 years, and has gone public with allegations of deplorable water conditions and mistreatment of animals by his former employer.

    Demers said he made the decision to leave in May and then go public because the park’s owner, John Holer, wasn’t making changes he thought were necessary.

    “All of my efforts in house proved futile,” Demers said Wednesday. “I could yell and scream, but at the end of the day, I didn’t get the support that I hoped I’d get from management to correct what was a really bad problem.”

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