Marineland Canada Back in Court Friday for Horrific Animal Cruelty Charges

Marineland Canada Back in Court Friday for Horrific Animal Cruelty Charges

The case of Marineland, which is facing 11 animal cruelty charges, is to return to provincial offences court Friday in Niagara Falls.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) laid the charges against the tourist attraction last November and in January.

Marineland has denied all those charges, which relate to the treatment of the park’s land animals that include black bears, elk, red deer, fallow deer, guinea hens and a peacock.

The OSPCA says a conviction on all counts could result in a fine up to $60,000, a lifetime ban on owning animals and up to two years in jail.

Since it opened in 1963, Marineland has grown into a large amusement park with whales, dolphins, walruses, seals, sea lions and other animals such as deer, bears, birds and fish.

Marineland has been investigated before. Former employees went public with allegations of animal abuse at the park among both its marine and land animals in 2012. The OSPCA did not lay charges at the time but issued several orders, which Marineland complied with.

Marineland has long maintained it treats its animals well and has said all allegations of animal abuse are not true.

However, videos like the one below, ex-employee testimony and photo documentation would suggest that everyone does not love Marineland. 

Kiska, a killer whale at Marineland, leaves a trail of blood as she swims. Source: The Star

Kiska, a killer whale at Marineland, leaves a trail of blood as she swims. Source: The Star

Blood from Charmin, a beluga at Marineland. Source: The Star

Blood from Charmin, a beluga at Marineland. Source: The Star

Blood from Charmin, a beluga at Marineland. Source: The Star

Blood from Charmin, a beluga at Marineland. Source: The Star

Last Chance for Animals alleges Marineland 'inadequately cared for' fallow deer, which 'died on a daily basis.' The California-based animal rights watchdog provided this photo to the OSPCA taken during its undercover monitoring of conditions. (Last Chance for Animals)

Last Chance for Animals alleges Marineland 'inadequately cared for' fallow deer, which 'died on a daily basis.' The California-based animal rights watchdog provided this photo to the OSPCA taken during its undercover monitoring of conditions. (Last Chance for Animals)

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