(MARINE PARKS/ANIMAL WELFARE)—After the poor conditions of animals at Marineland were recently revealed by former employees, outraged animal lovers decided to stage a huge protest. The demonstration took place on Saturday and hundreds of people fought to end breeding programs and move the remaining animals to sanctuaries. Now the Niagara Falls Humane Society will inspect the park to see if animal mistreatment is indeed taking place. Read on to find out what Marineland has to say in response.—Global Animal
Former Marineland animal trainer said “The animals were in hell,” referring to the poor conditions at the park. Photo credit: www.niagarablog.com

Toronto Sun

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Marineland Saturday in what the group called “one of the largest on-site demonstrations in the history of protest” at the popular attraction.

Marineland Animal Defense’s (MAD) describes itself as “a campaign of concerned citizens determined to end animal captivity at Marineland.”

The group says it strives to end breeding programs at the park and remove “captive animals to sanctuary sites.”

The 51-year-old Niagara Falls, Ont., park and its owner, John Holer, have come under fire this week after concerns were raised by former employees that poor water conditions had led to animals getting sick.

Jay Desroches, general manager of the Niagara Falls Humane Society, told QMI Agency on Thursday the agency will be inspecting the amusement park “in the very near future” to investigate allegations of animal mistreatment.

“We, in conjunction with the (Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and other organizations plan on doing an inspection and an investigation at Marineland,” DesRoches said. “I don’t want to disclose when that will take place, but it will be in the very near future. It’s a priority to us.”

Along with traditional law enforcement services, the Ontario SPCA has the job of making sure the laws against animal abuse are followed. They enforce animal welfare legislation and investigate complaints using affiliates such as the Niagara Falls Humane Society.

On its site, Marineland says, “Our animals receive loving care from our trainers and our veterinary staff and enjoy well-maintained facilities, high quality diets and exemplary veterinary care. As a testament to the quality of our care, our animals live much longer than they would in the wild.”

MAD says it will hold another protest outside the park next Sunday.

More Toronto Sun: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/08/18/animals-rights-group-to-protest-marineland

 

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  1. I have been going to Marine Land for years and have never seen anything that alarmed me. In fact I was there with my family today and the animals all look fine to me. The water looked clean and the dolphins looks so happy. The protesters were outside of Marine Land yelling the bears are starving, how could they be starving when they are feed by the public all day long everyday. My family loves Marine Land and will keep going.