MarineLand Finally Charged with Animal Cruelty
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has charged Marine Land with five counts of animal cruelty.
The charges were announced in a news release issued by the OSPCA Friday, Nov. 25 that noted further charges are also pending. The charges resulted from a Thursday, Nov. 10 inspection prompted by a concern brought forward to the animal welfare organization by an undisclosed source. A veterinarian and OSPCA officers conducted the investigation.
“Reports of animal cruelty are taken very seriously,” Steve Toy, OSPCA senior inspector, stated in the release. “When we receive reports of cruelty that involve wildlife or exotic animals, we will utilize our experts as well as industry experts to assist us with our investigation.”
The five charges announced are: failing to comply with prescribed standards of care for approximately 35 American black bears, including failing to provide the bears with adequate and appropriate food and water; failing to comply with prescribed standards of care for a peacock; permitting a peacock to be in distress; and two counts of failing to comply with prescribed standards of care for Guinea hens.
No animals were removed from Marineland, a theme park in Niagara Falls, by the OSCPA, which noted the animals did not appear to be in immediate distress.
The animals of Marineland have appeared miserable in photos released by The Star and former employees have brought allegations forward of drugging for extreme depression and abuse to the animals, as well as unreported deaths. Allegations about the parks owner, John Holer, threatening, stalking, suing and abusing employees and protesters have been going on for years. He reportedly even shot his neighbor's golden retrievers.
Vice media went as far as labelling Marineland a 'Hell Hole', we'd have to agree.