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    How Marineland Is Using the Law to Silence Protestors

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    From the Huffington Post:

    Even if you don’t care about beluga whales or how animals are treated in captivity, you may still be interested in what’s happening at Marineland. In this age of widespread protest — from the Occupy Movement to the Québec student protests to the Arab Spring — Marineland reminds us that it is not just governments that may seek to silence their critics.

    Marineland, a marine mammal park in Niagara Falls, Ontario, was the subject of an investigative series by the Toronto Star last year. The series was based in part on allegations by former employees, of abuse and mistreatment of animals. Marineland has denied and responded to the allegations, and is suing the Star as well as several of the former employees. Marineland has also set its sights on protesters and activists who demonstrate outside the park — launching lawsuits against at least two protestors — and has gone to Ontario courts for injunctions to order that protestors refrain from certain activities.

    Marineland demonstrations will continue: MAD

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The co-founder of Marineland Animal Defense says demonstrations will continue, but they will be obeying new restrictions laid out by the court last week.

    Justice Richard Lococo imposed three several restrictions last Friday morning at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the case of Dylan Powell against Marineland Canada. The interim injunction provides a number of restrictions against protesters, including trespassing on Marineland property, the use of megaphones, usage of words such as “abuse”, “torture”, “criminal”, “animal abuse” and “arrest John Holer”, and more.

    Marineland stormed by protesters

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    Sounds there was quite a bit of excitement at Marineland on Sunday!

    From the Toronto Star:

    The last day of Marineland’s operating season drew hundreds of protesters outside the Niagara tourist attraction’s gates on Sunday and escalated when about 150 people stormed inside, yelling “shut it down.”

    Organizers said they hadn’t planned to enter the park but set up a demonstration outside in hopes of keeping attention on sea mammal captivity in Canada, even after Marineland shuts down for the winter. The protest, which appeared to draw a crowd of at least 500 at its peak, follows a Star investigation that reported accounts by former trainers who blamed poor water quality and short-staffing for animal sickness and death.

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