Tuesday, December 6, 2016

MEANLAND




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Sunday, December 4, 2016

BREAKING: Images released from investigation into Marineland






Horrible images of what suffering animals, filthy living conditions and dirty food at Marineland has been released by Last Chance for Animals, a California based animal advocacy group.   The undercover video and images were taken by a former employee at Marineland who was assisted by LCA in bringing forth a complaint to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Charges have now been laid against Marineland with more pending, according to the OSPCA.



Saturday, November 26, 2016

Marineland Canada Charged With 5 Counts of Animal Cruelty


Bombshell news made headlines around the world Friday as Marineland in Niagara Falls Canada was formally charged by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) with 5 counts of animal cruelty with more charges pending:

The charges are as follows:
  • One count for permitting a peacock bird to be in distress.
  • One count for failing to comply with the prescribed standards of care for a Peacock bird.
  • Two counts for failing to comply with the prescribed Standards of Care for Guinea Hens.
  • One count for failing to comply with the prescribed standards of care including failing to provide adequate and appropriate food and water for approximately 35, American Black Bears.
Further charges are pending at this time.
On November 10, 2016, the Ontario SPCA responded to concerns brought forth regarding some of the animals living at Marineland. Ontario SPCA Officers and a Veterinarian were in attendance to investigate the concern and examine the animals involved.
No animals were removed.
The Ontario SPCA has the authority to remove an animal if/when the following situations have occurred:
  1. An animal is in immediate distress. In this situation our officers did not find the animals to be in immediate distress, as defined by the Ontario SPCA Act.
  2. A veterinarian has recommended the removal of the animal to ensure the animal gets the care it requires.
  3. Ontario SPCA Act Orders have been issued but were not complied with.
 Many have been calling for charges against the park for years and it seems there has been some vindication for advocates now that Marineland will face criminal charges.   Advocate Mike Garrett, currently being sued by Marineland for $1.5 million dollars released this statement:

 "The very business model Marineland operates under is the exploitation and abuse of animals.  However they have always claimed (falsely) to be 'the most inspected facility of it's kind anywhere' and that 'they treat their animals like family'.   Well if this was the case and they knew they were under the microscope and still were found to be neglecting animals as what has happened here it just shows that Marineland does not take animal care seriously nor do they respect those who enforce animal care laws.  This facility should have all their animals removed as soon as possible."

This could not have been a worse week for Marineland to make the news along with their industry partner Vancouver Aquarium, which saw 2 of their only captive Beluga whales within days of each other.  Currently there is a bill making its way through the Canadian Senate which aims to phase out the captivity of cetaceans in Canada.  The bill has passed second reading and is now currently being studied in committee. Marineland is currently closed for the season, a full schedule of demonstrations at the facility is planned for if they re-open.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Demonstrators Flood Marineland

PHOTO BY TEMARA BROWN

The 2016 Labour Day demonstration at Marineland was a huge success seeing approximately 200 people attend the end of summer protest.  Attendees held signs eliciting supportive honks from passing motorists and pleaded with families not to support animal captivity by entering the facility.  Throughout the day several groups could be seen changing their minds and leaving without entering.



Further coverage of the demonstration can be found in Metroland Media's Niagara This Week, a regional newspaper:

http://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/6841232-marineland-demonstrations-won-t-go-away-activist-says/

While this is the final demonstration of 2016, a full slate of demonstrations is already being planned for 2017 should Marineland re-open for another season.

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/951252254998117/

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.