The following News Releasefrom the Ontario Society for the Prevention to Cruelty to Animals was posted on the OSPCA’s website on November 25th, 2016
Posted November 27th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
Niagara Falls, Ontario – The Ontario SPCA has charged Marineland Canada Inc. with five counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.
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:
- 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.
- A veterinarian has recommended the removal of the animal to ensure the animal gets the care it requires.
- Ontario SPCA Act Orders have been issued but were not complied with.
Our visit revealed that we did not have the authority to remove the animals from their location. Although the animals were not removed, we want to reassure the public that the Society will be continuing to make sure that the animals are getting the care they require while this investigation is ongoing.
“Reports of animal cruelty are taken very seriously,” says Senior Inspector Steve Toy. “When we receive reports of cruelty that involve wildlife or exotic animals, we will utilize our experts as well as industry experts to assist us with our investigation.”
To report animal cruelty in Ontario, concerned citizens can call the 24/7 animal cruelty hotline at 310-SPCA (7722) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
That ends the OSPCA news release, and now we leave you with this –
In a story published this November 26th in one of Niagara’s daily newspapers, Marineland responded to news of the OSPCA charges by saying they stem from a former employee “who was fired for poor performance and inappropriate behaviour.”
In the case of the peacock referred to in the charges, the park said the bird is one of thousands it has in its care and had an eye problem for which it was receiving “full and appropriate medical treatment.”
All the incident involving the bears was about were a few small pieces of adhesive labels for their food accidently getting in the food – a situation that ass “regrettable” but posed no real hazard to the bears.”
The guinnea hens, according to media reports of the statement from the park, were sressed when inspectors suddenly entered their enclosure, but their living space has since been enlarged.
While no official response to the OSPCA charges could be found on Marineland’s website at the time of this posting, a media release Marineland put up on the site this past September – responding to charges and a video released by animal activists showing an injured deer allegedly suffering without proper care by the park’s operators – featured the following general statement about the park’s practices with respect to caring for animals –
“Marineland Canada is the most regulated and inspected facility of its kind and offers a fun-filled destination for families and friends, while also providing an opportunity to interact with a variety of species that most in the Great Lakes region would otherwise be unable to see. Our park continues to remain committed to providing high quality care to all animals who call Marienland home and continues to rely on formally educated and qualified veterinary experts who have real time interaction with our animals to do so.”
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