Marineland Cites Expert Who Gives Park High Marks For Animal Care

Comprehensive inspection by OSPCA further confirms findings of International Marine Mammal Experts – “No issues of Concern” at Marineland

A News Release from Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Posted February 28th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword Note from Niagara At Large – NAL is posting this media release from Marineland as owners and operators of the Niagara Falls, Ontario park continue to face a number of animal cruelty charges, laid following investigations by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA). Spokespersons for Marineland have repeatedly insisted there are no grounds for these charges and they will be exonerated on each and every one of them.

The park has long been a focus of protests by animal activists opposed to keeping  whales and other animals in captivity for public exhibition.)

Marineland targeted by animal activists on opening day 2016. File photo by Doug Draper

Marineland targeted by animal activists on opening day 2016. File photo by Doug Draper

Niagara Falls, Ontario – On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Marineland’s Animal Care Committee, in accordance with strict and comprehensive Ontario legislation and regulations recently enacted, conducted a thorough inspection of the marine and land animals at Marineland.

Internationally recognized expert, Dr. Lanny Cornell, conducted a comprehensive examination of all the marine and land animals and found the animals to be healthy, behaving normally, well fed and well taken care of.

Dr. Cornell considered all the issues identified by the OSPCA and issues raised by radical animal rights activists.

His entire report is available online at Marineland’s webpage:
http://www.marinelandblog.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Animal-Care-Report-Dr.-Cornell-Feb-16-2017-Final.pdfand
was provided to the OSPCA.

Following that comprehensive review the OSPCA conducted a complete inspection of every animal, the facilities and all records at Marineland on February 21-22, 2017.

The OSPCA acknowledged full cooperation by Marineland, full access to every part of the Park, inspected every animal, reviewed all records,
and complete access to all staff members on site.

The OSPCA noted “no issues of concern”, laid no charges and issued no orders.

The animals are healthy, receive appropriate enrichment, are fed a diet of fresh fish fit for human consumption, have access to clean fresh water, and the facilities are clean and well kept.

A weekend protest rally in front of Marineland in 2016. File photo by Doug Draper

A weekend protest rally in front of Marineland in 2016. File photo by Doug Draper

Pursuant to a lengthy two-year process of legislative review, an independent  expert report, input by a technical advisory group made up of activists and Animal Care experts, and public hearings, the Government of Ontario enacted strict Animal Care guidelines and marine mammal regulations designed to provide high standards of care under public oversight for all marine mammals in Ontario.

Marineland provided input into and complies strictly with those guidelines.

Marineland remains fully committed to the long term health and care of all its animals and providing Canadians with a unique opportunity to view our incredible marine mammal heritage in a family friendly environment.

For over fifty years Marineland has provided millions of Canadian families, many who could not otherwise afford to travel to either coast, an opportunity all Canadians should experience.

Marineland looks forward to another fun and educational year for all the families choosing to visit our Park.

Each year Marineland attracts almost a million visitors to the Niagara Region and remains a critical component of the economy of Ontario.

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2 responses to “Marineland Cites Expert Who Gives Park High Marks For Animal Care

  1. ahhhh, the same Lanny Cornell that rose through the ranks at Seaworld…no thanks!!

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  2. Linda McKellar

    Sure, bears always eat marshmallows in the wild. I’ve seen them!

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