The Curtains Are Finally Closing In On Captive Marine Mammal Exhibits in Canada
A News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted May 22nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large
The opening day of Marineland’s 58th season came and went this May 18th with the usual gathering of animal welfare activists demonstrating along a narrow stretch of land between the main road and a fence in front of the sprawling Niagara Falls, Ontario amusement park.
Missing from the mix on this opening day was John Holer, the man who founded Marineland and built it into one of Niagara Falls’ top tourist draws by the 1970s and 80s.
A year ago this May on, John Holer was reported to have been seen on the other side of the fence from the demonstrators on opening day, staring them down as he drove his SUV through Marineland’s parking lot. A month later he died at age 83.
The amusement park has continued without him, however, and a news release it issued the day following the May 18th opening that boasted about the “huge crowd” of visitors flowing through its gates that “dwarf(ed)” the “small group of annual demonstrators.” Continue reading