By Doug Draper
Posted January 10th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
Zoocheck Canada – a nation-wide citizens advocacy group for animals in captivity – says it is “pleased” to see the Ontario Society for Preventing Cruelty to Animals (OCSCA) lay another round of charges against the giant Marineland park in Niagara Falls, Ontario for animal abuse.
However, Zoocheck representatives, who have been monitoring and raising concerns about the condition of whales, dolphins and other animals at Marineland for more than two decades now, said in a statement released this January 10th that they hope the OSPCA continues its investigation and take further a ”appropriate actions” against the park.
“We are pleased the OSPCA has acted by laying several charges against Marineland,” said Zoocheck in the statement. “However, we believe there are additional violations of the standards, regarding the bears and marine mammals that warrant attention. We sincerely hope the OSPCA’s ongoing investigation will look closely at the management of those animals and that appropriate actions will be taken.”
OSPCA officials held a news conference this January 9th, announcing that it is pressing six more charges of animal abuse against Marineland – this time for alleged wrongful treatment of deer and Elk its exhibits for park visitors.
These six charges follow five earlier ones that the OSPCA slapped against the park this past November 2016 for alleged cases of animal abuse.
“The OSPCA charges fail to identify a specific animal they believe to be in distress or not receiving an appropriate level of care sixty-one days ago at our park, and failed to identify a specific animal in their charges,” Marineland said in a statement it released this January 9th.
“We believe the OSPCA is continuing a publicity campaign at the behest of a band of discredited activists with little relevant expertise or knowledge, in an effort to avoid further embarrassment related to an ongoing investigation into the OSPCA’s perceived failure to protect animals that is being led by the same activists they are now firmly in bed with,” charged Marineland in the statement.
None of the 11 charges the OSPCA has filed against Marineland since November have anything to do with bear populations at the park that Zoocheck refers to in its January 10th statement.
Some animal activists have included the bears in concerns they have raised about the treatment of animals at Marineland over the years. It remains to be seen whether any further OSPCA investigations will lead to more charges around the condition of bears or any other animals at the park.
Marineland officials, right up to and including its owner and founder John Hole,r have always insisted that good care is taken of all animals at the park site.
For a related story on these charges, posted on Niagara At Large, with other links for Marineland postings, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2017/01/10/the-ontario-spca-charges-marineland-park-in-niagara-falls-with-six-counts-of-animal-cruelty/ .
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