Sunday, August 21, 2016

Marineland Under Fire Over Appearance of Walrus

Disturbing images have emerged of a 13 year old walrus at Marineland named Zeus.

A video which was taken recently and posted online shows what appears to be the walrus emaciated and near collapse as he is dragged out onto the stage to perform for tourists. The walrus lumbers around, bowing his head before finally flopping to the stage floor.

Compared to a walrus in the wild, Zeus looks quite different. Former Marineland walrus trainer turned whistleblower described Zeus' appearance to the online animal publication, The Dodo:

"He's grossly emaciated. You can see his hip bones, his spine. His skin is falling off his bones. His air sack is protruding. There's virtually no belly."

Marineland issued a statement which claimed Zeus is under constant veterinarian care and is completely healthy. Their statement largely blamed activists for misleading the public:

"As you have probably seen from many of the tabloid magazines, you see in grocery store lineups, anyone can take an unflattering photo of someone to make them look unwell or unhappy."

Ontario Captive Animal Watch, a zoo watchdog group based in Ontario is calling on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to intervene and have an independent pinniped expert outside of Marineland's influence or payroll examine Zeus.

OCAW is asking the public to join their pressure campaign on the Premier and those interested can find more information here:

Saturday, July 23, 2016

DEMONSTRATION Calendar: Sept 5th 2016

The next demonstration at Marineland has been announced and is set for Labour Day Monday September 5th 2016 at 11am.

The official event page can be found here:

Over the summer many images have surfaced online showing Marineland's parking lot at low capacity, even on what has been traditionally busy summer weekends in the past.  The public's changing distaste for captive animal facilities like Marineland is evident. Demonstrators plan to continue the pressure until the animal program at Marineland comes to an end.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Opening Day 2016 at Marineland

Marineland opened its gates for its 55th season on Saturday and the deluge of protesters who have picketed the facility for the last 4 years showed no signs of abating. The 2016 Marineland opening day demonstration saw approximately 450 people in attendance at its peak with many demonstrators attending with their families and young children.

Demonstrators used signs and shouted chants to get their anti-captivity message across to the people waiting to enter the gates of Marineland. For the fourth year in a row the park attempted to bolster attendance on opening day by offering free admission to children.

New this year at the demonstration were many signs supporting Canadian Senate Bill S-203, an active senate bill sponsored by Canadian Senator Wilfred Moore that aims to phase out the captivity of whales and dolphins in Canada.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

DEMONSTRATION CALENDAR: May 21st 2016 Opening Day

Marineland is set to open on Saturday May 21st and a large family friendly demonstration against the facility is planned for that day at 11am.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

UPDATED: Marineland Files NINTH Lawsuit Over Documentary

Marineland has filed yet another lawsuit, their ninth in a series of legal actions over the past several years, none of which have been resolved.

Marineland's claim filed in St. Catharines Ontario is against Zach Affolter an 18 year old marine biology student from California.  Affolter has been working on a short documentary for a school project entitled Black Water meant to highlight the plight of Kiska, the last remaining captive orca at Marineland and in Canada.

Marineland is using the lawsuit to attempt to block publication and distribution of the documentary and is seeking $1 million in damages.  They allege the documentary contains footage taken at Marineland which contravenes their legal terms with both visitors and employees.  Marineland claims all video and photos taken inside the park falls under their copyright ownership.   Critics are already seeing this as likely part of a wider legal strategy by the park to block any past or future damaging footage taken inside the park from being seen by the pubic.

Their statement of claim which has been obtained by Marineland: In Depth can be read below.

Marineland is set to open for the season in 10 days, a large demonstration against the facility is planned:

Postmedia has picked up the story and includes comments from Zach Affolter:

Saturday, February 20, 2016

PETITION: Support Bill S-203, Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act

Canadian citizens are strongly urged to sign the petition created by Green Party leader Elizabeth May supporting Liberal Senator Wilfred Moore's Senate bill to phase out cetacean captivity in Canada.

Bill S-203, Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act has undergone second reading in the Canadian senate and will require a lot of public support in order for it to become eventual law.

Please sign the petition located here:

Canadians are also urged to contact their Member of Parliament to voice their support for the bill as it will need to pass through the House of Commons. You can find you MP's contact information here:

Sunday, February 7, 2016

DEMONSTRATION CALENDAR: Opening Day May 21st 2016

The first demonstration at Marineland of 2016 has been announced and as is tradition of recent years it will take place on Marineland's opening day of the 2016 season.

The family friendly demonstration will take place on Saturday May 21st from 11am to 2pm on public property outside the front gates of the Niagara Falls captive animal facility.

The official event page, where further details will be announced is located here:

From the event description:
The opening day demonstration at Marineland in Niagara Falls has become one of the largest public animal advocacy demonstrations in Canada each Spring. People from all walks of life are welcome to attend to oppose Marineland's animal exhibits and call for an end to their exploitative business practices. 2016 is an especially important year as mounting public pressure is resulting in new proposals & laws being introduced in Canada to finally phase out marine mammal captivity. As always, this is a family friendly demonstration however please leave companion animals at home. Racist, queerphobic, sexist, or otherwise oppressive signs and language are not welcome at the demo.