Tag: prevention of cruelty to animals

    Marineland meets final OSPCA order

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Marineland has met the sixth and final order issued by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

    “The Ontario SPCA has completed its investigation into the allegations at Marineland,” said OSPCA spokeswoman Alison Cross in an e-mail. “All the orders issued to Marineland have been met with compliance and as such have been revoked. The investigation is complete.”

    Critics question Marineland probe

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Animal-rights activists are questioning what could and could not have been investigated at Marineland by one of the agencies that oversees the care of animals in captivity.

    Critics, who weighed in on social media sites, have been left scratching their heads after an official with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said animals documented to be under the care of a veterinarian were exempt from an August investigation of the Niagara Falls theme park.

    The OSPCA is bound by provincial legislation stating the agency has no authority to investigate how a veterinarian is caring for an animal.

    Rainforest Cafe threatens suit against animal advocates

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Canadian Niagara Hotels has threatened a local animal advocacy group with legal action if it doesn’t remove online postings claiming mistreatment of animals at the Rainforest Cafe.

    Last month, Marineland Animal Defense (MAD) posted on its website and Facebook page that an employee at the Clifton Hill theme restaurant said a number of fish had been removed from a 5,500-gallon aquarium after a crack had formed in a tank.

    According to MAD, a local group that advocates for the end of animal captivity at Marineland, several horse-eye jack fish died during the transfer process and a white-tip reef shark was being housed in a pool that is inadequate for the animal.

    The Niagara Falls Humane Society inspected the facility Jan. 3 and deemed the temporary housing met the standards of the Ontario Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act as well as the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

    “It’s not my intent to get into a debate with the principals of that association, but I wanted to be on record that we’re dealing with these animals very responsibly,” Doug Birrell, president of Canadian Niagara Hotels, said of the group’s claims.

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