Thursday, July 11, 2013

Marineland SLAPPs Citizen

This week Marineland launched their 6th lawsuit in 8 months against a Niagara area activist who has been legally protesting the park this summer.  A fundraising campaign has been launched in order to help Mike Garrett obtain a lawyer to fight Marineland in court.  This is an important case and it differs from the current lawsuits.  Mr. Garrett is not the leader of any organized group nor is he one of the whistleblowers currently taking on Marineland.  Those lawsuits are extremely vital.  This is a regular person who has engaged in legal public protest and freedom of expression.  This suit could easily be aimed at anyone who opposes Marineland and who they want to shut up and go away.

"As many of you already know I've been served with a 1.5 million dollar lawsuit by Marineland, a notorious captive marine mammal facility in Niagara Falls Ontario Canada. Their suit follows several weeks of me standing on public property and offering leaflets to people exiting. At the very beginning of this peaceful action of public protest the owner of Marineland John Holer was captured on video threatening me with violence in attempt to intimidate me from exercising my fundamental freedoms guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

During these leafleting actions the Niagara Regional Police have been called on several occasions by Marineland and have observed my presence outside the park. At no time have I ever been subject to a criminal investigation, ticket, arrest or detention due to my opposition to Marineland. I have never received an order from any member of the police to halt my actions.

In their claim against me Marineland has made numerous false and unproven accusations about my activities near the park. Along with monetary damages they seek to limit my abilities to engage in peaceful and legal opposition against Marineland.

Marineland is a giant corporation with limitless resources to engage and entangle me in frivolous and lengthy litigation. They seek to not only crush my opposition to the park but any other person in the future who would consider standing up against them and also expressing their rights of freedom of speech.

I am one average citizen who has taken up a fight against Marineland and I need your help in this battle. If they can successfully sue me into shutting up and staying away then they can and will do this to anyone. I need your help to retain proper and competent representation in order to fight this bully on behalf of all of us. As you probably know legal representation is very expensive and is certainly beyond my family’s means. A PayPal account has been setup for the specific purpose of fighting this lawsuit.

For everyone who believes this is a just cause, please help me by donating whatever you can and sharing this appeal. Thank you so much for all your support.

- Mike Garrett

PayPal: mikegarrettdefensefund@gmail.com                                                           "

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