Save Marineland's Animals
  • Petitioning Premier Kathleen Wynne & Government of Ontario

This petition will be delivered to:

Premier Kathleen Wynne & Government of Ontario
Madeleine Meilleur

Save Marineland's Animals

    1. Philip Demers
    2. Petition by

      Philip Demers

      Niagara Falls, Ont, Canada

After 12 years of working at Marineland as an animal trainer, I made the difficult decision to quit and speak out about the deplorable conditions and neglect I witnessed. I saw dolphins living in extremely poor quality water, their skin flaking off in chunks, and six out of seven harbour seals becoming blind or suffering severe eye damage. A baby beluga named “Skoot” died last month after being attacked by other belugas in a pool she should have never been forced into.

Many people are appalled. Many are calling for Marineland to be closed, however what most don't know is that Ontario has no laws controlling aquariums and zoos, or protecting the animals inside. Without those laws no one will be able to save the animals of Marineland.

Marineland is a major tourist destination for Canadians, Americans, and people from many other countries. The lack of animal protection laws in Ontario are a sore spot that need addressing. We need people from around the globe signing and sharing this petition to help make the Ontario Government aware of these gross injustices towards animals.

I'm asking Premier Kathleen Wynne's Government to pass a new law that will regulate a high standard of care for animals in aquariums and zoos, and will provide an opportunity to close places like Marineland when they don’t comply. During the past 20 years there have been many attempts to help the animals at Marineland, but these attempts have never turned into real Government action.

I'm also asking Marineland owner John Holer to allow me to visit Smooshi the Walrus who depends on me for care. 

Please sign and share so this can never happen again at Marineland or anywhere else.

It’s time we speak for the animals!

Phil Demers

Click here to read Linda Diebel's amazing Toronto Star Series exposing Marineland.

Click here to watch CBC's story about my amazing connection with Smooshi


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100,000 signatures
    2. Urgent call to action re: Marineland.

      Philip Demers
      Petition Organizer

      Urgent call to action re: Marineland.

      Dearest Petitioners,

      Marineland’s whistleblowers urgently need your help.

      Les Stroud of the famed television show “Survivorman”, in conjunction with Orca Conservancy has generously sponsored us in the BiLLe Celeb Challenge.

      We are currently in 2nd place with only a week to go and URGENTLY need your daily vote to ensure us the victory award of 25 000$ towards our legal defense.

      Voting is easy and FREE!

      Simply register at and vote for LES STROUD daily.

      Marineland’s animals are counting on us, and we’re counting on you.

      We are also accepting monetary contributions at to help us continue in both our crucial legal battles and our Ontario captive animal advocacy.

      Thank you for your continued support and please STAY TUNED!

      Phil Demers.

    3. Overview of our current situation.

      Philip Demers
      Petition Organizer
      The unintentional journey of Philip Demers: From Walrus Whisperer to corporate whistleblower

      Philip Demers likes the nickname, The Walrus Whisperer. The former professional marine mammal trainer picked up the moniker during his dozen years working at Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where he and an 880-pound female walrus named Smooshi formed an extraordinarily unique bond.

    4. Walkom: Ontario’s ho-hum government real villain in Marineland saga

      Lauryn Drainie
      Petition Organizer

      ...As for the provincial government, its reluctance to get involved is staggering.

      “My sense is we’re going to have to do something,” Premier Dalton McGuinty said this week as he was dragged, kicking and struggling, into the Marineland controversy....

    5. Premier Dalton McGuinty says Ontario is ready to strengthen animal welfare

      Lauryn Drainie
      Petition Organizer

      ..“My sense is we’re going to have to do something,” McGuinty said in response to six Marineland whistleblowers who presented a petition with nearly 77,000 signatures to Queen’s Park...

    6. Reached 75,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Taylor Robertson ORILLIA, CANADA
      • 5 days ago

      These animals are sentient creatures just like humans

    • Melissa Nole BRAMPTON, CANADA
      • 5 days ago

      I want to be proud to say that my country is against animal cruelty. Marineland is an embarrassment.

    • Marley Chobotiuk ORILLIA, CANADA
      • 5 days ago

      Animals are like humans, they feel pain, they feel cruelty and unloved. They deserve the best treatment and they will be your best friend too.

    • Karen Trench AURORA, CO
      • 7 days ago

      NO animal should suffer for our entertainment. This is deplorable and we need to STOP this animal cruelty NOW!

    • Peggy marin DENVER, CO
      • 7 days ago

      I believe it is cruel to keep these beautiful creatures in captivity.


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