Thursday, May 28, 2015

Marineland's Opening Day Attended by Families - Demonstrating Against the Park

Photo by Mike Sansano

Marineland opened for the 2015 season on Saturday May 18th. For the third straight year it offered free admission to kids in order to bolster attendance on a day met with fierce opposition by those seeking to end marine mammal captivity at the facility.

Five hundred people attended the simultaneous opening day demonstration outside the facility, many of the people in attendance were families and people from all walks of life including students, seniors and professionals. The demonstration was organized by Orca United who seeks to end cetacean captivity at facilities like Marineland.

Photo by Mike Sansano

The atmosphere was positive and friendly as people mingled, held signs, chanted slogans and encouraged those lined up at Marineland's admission gates to change their minds. For much of the demo the strategy seemed to be working as throngs of visitors turned around at the gates after listening to demonstrators and reading their signs. Some families even passed through the fence that separated the crowds and joined the protest.

Photo by Mike Sansano

Media from Niagara this Week, CHCH News & the Niagara Falls Review covered the demonstration that remained peaceful and stretched from the morning to mid afternoon. Marineland owner John Holer, as usual could be seen cruising the parking lot and Portage road in his vehicle and was each time met with a round of boos when seen by demonstrators. The demonstration was monitored by the Niagara Regional Police who reported no problems with the actions of those in attendance.

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