If you are visiting Niagara Falls and have considered adding a trip to Marineland please reconsider.
Today's Toronto Star news article about the inhumane living conditions for animals at Marineland in Niagara Falls disturbed me greatly. What is even more disturbing is that I know this is not news to local politicians, to CAZA nor to the local humane society.
Marineland has been widely criticized by international animal protection groups for decades. Safety and health conditions have been widely criticized and many of the unfortunate animals imprisoned there simply don't survive their captivity.
Zoocheck Canada reported many problems to relevant authorities as far back as 1998. Investigations carried out by 13 scientific experts in a variety of disciplines such as aquarium animal husbandry, biology, conservation, ethology, marine mammal science, veterinary science, wildlife rehabilitation and zoology exposed grave concerns about the welfare of animals held at Marineland. Animal welfare groups have also criticized Marineland's importation of Russian beluga whales and bottlenose dolphins after the Canadian government prohibited them from capturing these animals in Canadian waters. Zoocheck has been lobbying for a provincial zoo licensing act that would include standards of housing and care for animals in such facilities, and for a federal restriction on the importation of marine mammals for public display.Yet nothing has changed.
The horrific treatment of animals at Marineland should be an embarrassment to all of us.