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The Marineland story keeps going on and on. Over the holidays, the Ministry of the Environment investigated the mass animal graves that Marineland has on their property. I’ve heard about these before, but this is the first time I’ve seen mention of them in mainstream media.
From the Toronto Star:
The provincial Environment Ministry is poised this week for a sweeping inspection of Marineland’s mass graves of animals — graves it had no idea existed because the park has no permits.
The Niagara Falls tourist attraction has dug pits for decades to dispose of its animals, using heavy machinery to cover them up, according to former staffers.
There are four mass graves, two of them containing “more than 1,000 animals,” said Marineland’s former land animal supervisor Jim Hammond.
You can also read about it here:
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.
From the Guelph Mercury:
The star of an Academy Award-winning documentary on dolphin abuse is urging Ontario to enact laws to protect captive animals, including those at Marineland.
Ric O’Barry, a former dolphin trainer turned animal activist, is lending his support to Zoocheck Canada and former park employees who allege animals at the Niagara Falls tourist attraction aren’t properly cared for.
Asked how it measured up to other parks he has seen outside Canada, O’Barry, who has not visited Marineland since the 1990s, responded: “Relative to progressive countries, very civilized countries, yeah, Marineland is the worst by far.”
Have you seen The Cove? It is a fascinating movie!