TORONTO, Jan. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Marineland is pleased to announce another
surprise, snap inspection by Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums
(CAZA) took place today and that one more time, the animals and our
park have been given a clean bill of health.
We are also pleased to report that the Ontario Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) has released its findings and
orders after a four month long investigation into allegations of animal
abuse and neglect at our Niagara Falls park.
The OSPCA has found no evidence of animal abuse and no charges have been
The OSPCA has issued a number of orders to Marineland, which will
provide additional confirmation regarding the health of the animals or
are in aid of enhancing the existing facilities. None of the Orders
require immediate action or are directed to an issue that requires
Some of the Orders simply confirm steps that Marineland has already
taken. For example, Marineland hired an independent marine
ophthalmologist to examine the eyes of our pinnipeds. That examination
took place a week before the OSPCA's last snap inspection and before
the Order by the OSPCA to conduct that examination. The eyes of the
animals at Marineland are routinely checked.
The OSPCA asked to have marks on Baker, one of our seal lions,
examined. Both marks are very old. One is an identification tattoo
placed on Baker in the United States well prior to him coming to
Marineland and the other is very old. Baker is 28 years old and may
be the world's oldest sea lion. Life expectancy in the wild is 10
years and the normal life expectancy is 15. He lives in Marineland's
retirement home under the care of nutritionists and veterinarians.
Marineland will also expand existing shelters for deer and elk to take
into account recent increases in the size of the herds. We will follow
the OSPCA recommendations in that regard.
With respect to the bear enclosure, we will follow their
Also, this week Marineland agreed to join a working group with Canada's
Accredited Zoos and Aquariums and Ontario's Ministry of the Environment
to determine the fate of the remains of animals that have passed away
at zoos and aquariums across Ontario. The Ministry wants to create a
proper protocol for issuing permits. The Ministry found no issues with
groundwater contamination at our park.
In the past, no burial permits had been needed and it has been common
custom for zoos, aquariums and farms to inter animals on their own
On that note, we were very disappointed to see the inflammatory language
used by the Toronto Star in their reporting on the final resting place
of the animals that have grown old and died at the park over the last
half century. We have received many phone calls expressing anger with
the use of "mass graves"- a term that is normally reluctantly used in
association with war crimes. Our animals have been buried in a
secluded natural location next to a woodlot far from any water, roads
It's been a busy week.
We would also like to take a moment to thank the public for the
overwhelming support we have received in the past several months in the
face of disproven allegations in the Toronto Star against our
management and employees who have been harassed by radical animal
liberation bullies who demand the closure of all zoos and aquariums and
who will say anything to try to silence anyone who disagrees.