Marineland Ontario, end the abuse. Stop profiting from animal cruelty!
  • Petitioned Mr. Bill Peters

This petition was delivered to:

Canadian Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Mr. Bill Peters
Premier of Ontario
Dalton McGuinty,
Minister of Justice House of Commons
The Honourable Rob Nicholson
Marineland, Owner
John Holer
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
The Honourable Madeleine Meilleur

Marineland Ontario, end the abuse. Stop profiting from animal cruelty!

    1. Adrienne Calvert
    2. Petition by

      Adrienne Calvert

      toronto, Canada

Directed to the Attention of:

Hon. Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services (oversee's Ontario Animal Welfare Law)

Bill Peters, National Director of the Canadian Association of Zoos

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice House of Commons (Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls)

John Holer, Owner of Marineland. 

Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

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Release Kiska the Orca. Revoke Marineland License. Revise Animal Welfare Laws. ---------------

 

Marineland has gained a notorious reputation for animal cruelty, lacking adequate staff with the appropriate senior level skill training and severely negligent maintenance of their aquarium facility. Numerous incidents of animal deaths, ill health and behavioural issues have been reported, by individuals and welfare groups, through-out the years, and yet there has been no formal investigation nor penalty for the faulty business. 

 

The public demands that the Owner of this facility, John Holer, be held accountable. We demand all animals be thoroughly medically and socially rehabilitated and if satisfactory conditions for their ongoing ultimate health and well being can not be met at Marineland, we demand all animals, from both land and sea,  in their possession, be released to sanctuaries. We demand Kiska, the lone Orca residing at Marineland, be immediately released to an appropriate sea mammal Sanctuary. Additionally, we demand that the Canadian Association of Zoos & Aquariums revoke the 5 year operating license granted to Marineland in September 2011 and anticipate that it not be reinstated until an appropriate independent investigation, including the active participation of the OSPCA and or the Humane Society of Canada, be conducted and all matters including but not limited to the operating, maintenance and welfare of the facility and its animals be rectified. Furthermore, and most importantly, we demand the Provincial  Government of Ontario and Federal Government of Canada immediately amend,  and implement new improved comprehensive Laws and Regulations regarding sea animal ownership and subsequent private aquarium and zoo business related practices in Ontario and all of Canada. We respectfully ask the OSPCA and or the Humane Society of Canada be actively involved in the development of these new Laws and Regulations as well as all continued investigations of animal cruelty and be participants in any and all ongoing licensing of this and any other private animal entertainment  facility in Canada. 

 

Isn't it time as a modern and respectful society that we recognize these animals as our fellow inhabitants of the earth and not just products to abuse for profit? The time is now and Canada should lead the way in adopting the strongest Animal Welfare Laws in the world. 

 

Thank you for your timely and appropriate attention to these important matters.

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Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Breaking news

      Adrienne Calvert
      Petition Organizer
      OSPCA orders Marineland overhaul

      The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ordered Marineland to clean up its water and deal with health issues among specific animals, an OSPCA source told the Star. Until now the orders have been kept secret.

    3. Lawyers for Marineland begin issuing threats of legal action

      Adrienne Calvert
      Petition Organizer

      What is right & just never comes without a fight. We can win this if we all stand steadfast, united & strong. Do not back down in the face of tyranny. You are all the voice for the voiceless. Make no mistake, animal rights is a war and the enemy has taken the battle to a new level in this case. Stand behind the trainers. You know you are making headway when they start sending lawyers after people to shut you up.

      Read more here: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/336436

      Lawyers for Marineland begin issuing threats of legal action

      Niagara Falls - Marineland's owner John Holer has gone on the defensive following several recent reports from former trainers and conservation groups alleging the park's animals were kept in deplorable conditions. Holer is pursuing legal action against those involved.

    4. Marineland: Killer whale bleeding for months, trainer says

      Adrienne Calvert
      Petition Organizer
      Marineland: Killer whale bleeding for months, trainer says

      Kiska, the killer whale, swims alone in her pool at Marineland, often followed by a trail of her own blood. Her tail has been bleeding off and on since July but has been getting progressively worse, according to Christine Santos, who has been one of Kiska's primary trainers.

    5. Ontario Government answers the call for better animal welfare Law

      Adrienne Calvert
      Petition Organizer

      We should all be proud. We have made enough noise that the Government is now listening and responding.

      Am I satisfied, hell no! But, we must understand, yes politicians are side stepping the real issues & sweet talking us, but thats what Government does. We must learn how the system works & we must work TOGETHER to create Change. One step at a time, keep fighting, we can see this through. We have real momentum and we need to work with it not against it. There is strength in numbers, we are a strong dedicated team of advocates. Keep the faith! Thanks for every effort, it all counts :)

      http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/national/article/230456--ontario-proposes-stronger-animal-protection-laws

      Ontario proposes stronger animal protection laws

      The Ontario government has proposed changes to current animal protection laws in the wake of alleged neglect at Marineland. Correctional services minister Madeleine Meilleur said the changes to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Act would improve care for marine mammals at the dozens of aquariums and zoos in the province and strengthen animal welfare enforcement.

    6. Marineland called 'worst park' in progressive countries

      Adrienne Calvert
      Petition Organizer
      Marineland called 'worst park' in progressive countries - Toronto - CBC News

      The star of an Academy Award-winning documentary on dolphin abuse is urging Ontario to enact laws to protect captive animals, including those at Marineland. Ric O'Barry, a former dolphin trainer turned animal activist, is lending his support to Zoocheck Canada and former park employees who allege animals at the Niagara Falls tourist attraction aren't properly cared for.

    7. OSPCA Update...or lack of an update

      Adrienne Calvert
      Petition Organizer

      IMMIEDIATE RELEASE - NEWMARKET, ON (October 3, 2012) – The Ontario SPCA has been thoroughly conducting an investigation of Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This investigation includes all animals at the Marineland facilities including marine life and wildlife.

      The Ontario SPCA Officers have identified some areas of concern where certain deficiencies exist and we are addressing those concerns. We have brought in experts to assist our Officers with these assessments. At this point in the investigation, recommendations have been made to Marineland and the Ontario SPCA will be following up to ensure that these areas of concern are being addressed.

      Read more here:
      http://www.ontariospca.ca/media-centre/media-releases/523-ontario-spca-provides-an-update-on-the-marineland-investigation.html

    8. Allegations of poor treatment of deer, bears

      Adrienne Calvert
      Petition Organizer

      We have yet to hear the final outcome of the investigation into animal cruelty at Marineland. Perhaps, they think we will forget if enough time goes by. Don't let that happen, don't let Marineland get away with this grotesque abuse of animals. The Toronto Star has released further information on the state & (lack) of care of land animals at the park.

      "Hammond, an 11-year veteran at the sprawling facility, begged owner John Holer to bring in a vet to euthanize the animal. He says Holer refused, instead taking out his 12-gauge shotgun, shooting the deer and then driving off. But the wounded animal didn’t die."

      Read more here:
      http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1253334--marineland-allegations-of-poor-treatment-of-deer-bears

    9. Reached 1,500 signatures
    10. McGuinty says animal cruelty allegations “unsettling, disconcerting"

      Adrienne Calvert
      Petition Organizer

      Debate about Sea mammal protection and the lack of adequate Laws in Ontario was put forward today in the Provincial Government session.

      via Toronto Star:

      “I’ve had the opportunity to hear from many, many Ontarians, via social media and doing some grocery shopping … about how concerned they are about some of the unsettling, disconcerting news that has emerged in connection with this story,” he told the legislature.

      “We are taking a very, very close look at the circumstances there, that we are allowing the SPCA to conduct their investigation and we’re awaiting any advice that we might receive whatsoever that would lead us to come to the conclusion that we need to put in place stronger laws in Ontario.”

      Read more here:
      http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1249301--marineland-mcguinty-says-animal-cruelty-allegations-unsettling-disconcerting

    11. OSPCA PRESS RELEASE: Marineland Investigation

      Adrienne Calvert
      Petition Organizer

      Friday, 24 August 2012 14:54

      "The Ontario SPCA has responded to allegations concerning the welfare of marine mammals at Marineland. An investigation is underway and proceeding with due diligence. To protect the integrity of the investigation we cannot provide further details at this time. We will provide information when the investigation is complete."

      Please note: The earlier update stating "no major issues found" was in fact, a press release from Marineland picked up by media this morning. In response, the OSPCA has formally responded this afternoon with the media release above & the investigation is ongoing.

      More to come.

    12. No major issues found in inspection, says Marineland, CAZA & OSPCA

      Adrienne Calvert
      Petition Organizer

      Well surprise ,surprise. After a full week warning Marineland that an inspection was imminent, CAZA & OSPCA say while they did find "some issues" with the animals, there was not enough to be a real problem. This proves our point, we need new Laws. This outcome is unexceptable and they need to hear it from you, the public. Let's be realistic, CAZA is funded by the Zoo's, Aquariums and the Government. Whose best interest do you think they look after? The OSPCA is fully funded by the Government. A Government that has proven itself over and over again as small minded and loophole filled when it comes to animal rights. This Government is interested in one thing, money. And thats the outcome of this "investigation". Tourist dollars and nothing more. So I ask all of you now, take this information and educate yourself, your family, your friends. The time has come that the Government wakes up & hears our voice. It is their job to represent US, the PEOPLE and we want CHANGE!

    13. Travel & Tourism Industry questions Marineland as tourist attraction

      Adrienne Calvert
      Petition Organizer

      "All eyes are on Marineland this week, thanks to an investigative report by the Toronto Star newspaper that found the popular attraction in Niagara Falls to be a place of animal abuse and neglect.

      According to the article, Marineland’s mammals are suffering from fur loss, skin damage and blindness due to poor water quality. As well, staffing shortages have left the trainers scrambling to provide proper care for the animals.

      The newspaper interviewed eight former Marineland employees, all of whom pointed to poor conditions, sick animals and insufficient staffing levels.

      However, Marineland’s owner, John Holer, denied the allegations when he was approached by the Star.

      Read more here:
      http://www.travelandescape.ca/2012/08/animal-horrors-at-marineland/?fb_action_ids=10151021618261657&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=timeline_og&action_object_map=%7B%2210151021618261657%22%3A10151033581298952%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210151021618261657%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=[]

    14. Former Marineland staff ‘sickened’ by park’s explanations

      Adrienne Calvert
      Petition Organizer

      The Toronto Star has followed up with more ex employees. Here is a quote from the latest article.

      "Glen Owen, a marine mammal trainer from 2000-2007 (including seasonal), said understaffing and water problems go back years. He remembers getting sick during a period when trainers wore ozone detection tags, adding that effects were visible on animals who “just weren’t themselves. You could tell they were suffering.”

      Read more here:
      http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1244284--former-marineland-staff-sickened-by-park-s-explanations

    15. 1000 Signatures Reached!

      Adrienne Calvert
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached a true milestone today, our petition reached it's 1000th signature! You have all shared/liked/tweet this petition successfully. We've gathered signatures from all over the world by people who are concerned for the well being of animals, people who believe any form of animal abuse is unacceptable.

      I ask that you please keep the pressure on. At the end of the day, it's the only those in Government that can pen permanent legislative changes ensuring this kind of abuse can never occur again. But, it takes people with a strong voice and even stronger will to see this through. Keep sharing, keeping speaking out. Together, we can save innocent lives.

      Congratulations to each and everyone of you as we celebrate this amazing milestone. My most sincere appreciation to you all for supporting this cause .

      "Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has. " ~ Margaret Mead.

    16. Reached 1,000 signatures
    17. Protest demonstration today @ Marineland

      Adrienne Calvert
      Petition Organizer

      A very large group of concerned citizens will be holding a protest demonstration at Marineland today, Saturday August 18th 2012, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at the front gates. The purpose of the protest is to draw further attention and media presence to the animal use and animal captivity at Marineland and educating the public about the inherent cruelty involved. All are welcome to attend. Please bring a protest sign, some water and sunscreen to stay happy and healthy while speaking out for these voiceless animals.

      MarineLand
      7657 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario

    18. Reached 750 signatures
    19. Reached 500 signatures
    20. Marineland can expect a visit from the Niagara Falls Humane Society.

      Adrienne Calvert
      Petition Organizer

      Due to the public out-cry, Niagara Fall Humane Society 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.

    21. Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Gord Miller, Responds

      Adrienne Calvert
      Petition Organizer

      Please note, our petition has been updated, to include Hon Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. The Hon Madeleine Meilleur will now be one of the petition letter recipients as her Department oversees Legislation for the Animal Welfare Act. It is our hope, that the direct public response through the signing of this petition requesting for new legislation to protect animals within private entertainment businesses, specifically aquariums, will be heard and acted on. In the meantime, we should all show our support to Mr. Gord Miller and his call for updating Ontario’s Zoo Licensing to Include Exotic Animals.

    22. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Barbara Somers SAN JOSE, CA
      • 12 months ago

      Ocean animals were never meant to be stolen from the ocean and put in a small tank...that is inhumane and is driving them crazy over a matter of years. It's nothing short of putting yourself in the closet, away from your family and anything stimulating. Regardless of what any marineland, seaworld type of place tells you they take care of their killer whales....not saying the actual care takers are bad, they are uninformed for GREED.

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    • Noelle Pritchard GOLDEN, CO
      • 12 months ago

      Marineland Ontario has been torturing animals for far too long. It's time for a a massive change.

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    • Nancy Smith APTOS, CA
      • 12 months ago

      Animals in entertainment needs to end immediately. These beautiful, sentient creatures need to be returned to the ocean or protected area and are not your property, Mr. Holer.

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    • Krystin Lovat-Fraser BURLINGTON, CANADA
      • 12 months ago

      Animals deserve to be free

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    • Dena Smith VALENCIA, CA
      • 12 months ago

      It is so wrong!

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