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Mar 10, 2017

Vancouver Aquarium Committed to Rescue and Research - Park Board Decision Threatens To Destroy Conservation Efforts

NIAGARA FALLS – ON – Friday, March 10, 2017 - Marineland supports the Vancouver Aquarium’s commitment to rescue, rehabilitation, and critical research related to the conservation and preservation of all marine mammals.



Vancouver Park Board's hasty and sudden decision last night without any real debate or examination, under pressure from a tiny minority of vocal activists, condemns to death stranded or injured whales on the Pacific Coast of Canada.



For example, the false killer whale rescued and now alive and thriving at the Vancouver Aquarium would have died if the Vancouver Aquarium could not rescue and house it, the direct consequence of a decision like this. The only alternative to rescue, rehabilitation and long-term care for sick animals that cannot survive in the wild on their own is euthanasia.



This hasty decision, made after a single meeting, and without comprehensive and thorough evaluation of the impact on whale rescue and conservation, reflects the worst consequences of high pressure internet based attacks by a vocal minority of animal rights activists.



The decision will cause unnecessary marine mammal deaths, damage long term conservation efforts and reflects a lack of understanding of the role of science and education in preserving our natural habitat and educating our public.



Marineland will continue to provide a centre for research and a home for rescued animals that cannot be returned to the wild. Marineland will continue to make decisions based on science and facts in the best interests of all of its animals.


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Sep 1, 2016

Anti-Marineland Activists Playing Veterinarian With Video - Again
Marineland, Niagara Falls - Why would animal rights activists sit on footage of an animal they believed to be suffering for 103 days before releasing it? Today, August 31, 2016 anti-Marineland protesters released a video filmed of a deer on May 21, 2016 titled "Injured deer at Marineland Canada" with the following sensational description "Marineland Canada is under intense scrutiny for their treatment of whales and dolphins, but this neglect extends well beyond marine mammals."

In reality, anti-Marineland activists have filmed a scenario common to all land based mammals who set foot or hoof in an environment where pebbles lurk. The deer in question had a pebble caught in his hoof, similar to when a beachgoer has a pebble in their shoe. This is an experience that no one, not even a deer, would enjoy. At Marineland, our staff respond to situations like these by approaching the animal and removing the pebble from their hoof - a service not offered to deer in the wild.

The catastrophized medical diagnoses offered by individuals relying on poor quality footage shot on cellphone cameras is once again wrong. Despite the ill-informed prophecies of individuals who lack any formal veterinary training, once again selective footage of one reality has been presented as something completely different.

In the real world where Marineland's mammals live and continue to thrive, our animal care team diligently provide unparalleled levels of care for the mammals who live at our park. We embrace the frequent visits from the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) and continue to follow best practices of animal care, despite the ill-informed opinions of non-experts who exclusively rely on amateur videos to feed their need to find something to fault at Marineland.

Marineland Canada is the most regulated and inspected facility of its kind and offers a fun-filled destination for families and friends, while also providing an opportunity to interact with a variety of species that most in the Great Lakes region would otherwise be unable to see. Our park continues to remain committed to providing high quality care to all animals who call Marienland home and continues to rely on formally educated and qualified veterinary experts who have real time interaction with our animals to do so.

We welcome inquiries from media on this latest false claim from anti-Marineland activists and others where a reality check is needed and will be happy to work with any government sanctioned regulator or investigator who is interested in knowing more about our land based mammal care practices.

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Jul 22, 2016

Marineland Response to In Defense of Animals
Marineland Statement in Response to In Defense of Animals Press Release - Ten Worse Tanks for Dolphins and Whales -

An unknown Radical animal rights activist group from California is recycling the false allegations of another very closely related California activist group and trying to make those allegations, which were investigated and publicly dismissed by the OSPCA as completely false months ago, appear "new".

The entire basis for their "opinion" is the LCA video, apparently photo shopped, and allegations which were thoroughly investigated and rejected as reported by the Niagara Falls Review - See link -
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/2016/05/20/ospca-ends-marineland-beluga-investigation

These groups out of California are expert at only one thing - manipulating the media. To be clear, this "group" seeks only one thing - "celebrity" and media attention. This "group":

Never visited Marineland.

Never contacted Marineland.

Aren't qualified to and lack any expertise to provide a credible opinion on the condition of any animal or facility.

Did not participate in the two-year Government of Ontario independent expert review of marine mammal care that ended in 2015.

Did not participate in the Government of Ontario's Technical Advisory Group on marine mammal care, that included activist groups, which gave advice to the Government of Ontario on new regulations, which are in effect.

Did not participate in the Government of Ontario's public legislative hearings into marine mammal care.

Ignored a voluminous public record of independent scientific work that unequivocally demonstrates that Marineland's animals are healthy and well taken care of and simply recycles false and apparently "manipulated" video and allegations by unqualified biased fringe activists, and deliberately mislead the public by making allegations that are clearly false to advance their own extreme agenda at the expense of the hundreds of people who work at Marineland from this community.

Hundreds of thousands of Marineland's visitors every year spend hours a day with all our animals. Those visitors see the care, love and attention all the animals get at Marineland.

Marineland's pools are the largest at any aquarium in the world. All the water in the pools is recycled and filtered every three hours.

The animals are fed fish fit for human consumption.

The animals receive veterinary care from multiple expert marine mammal veterinarians.

Teams of animal care workers care for the animals every day and record the condition health and behaviour of every animal in meticulous records reviewed regularly by inspectors.

Marineland is subject to multiple unannounced surprise inspections from the OSPCA each year.

The most recent and successful inspection was last week.

These "groups" seek "celebrity" and media attention and the repetition of their allegations, regardless of how false or how much damage their lies cause.

It is unfortunate that we must respond to such obvious falsehoods so that foreign radical activists with no connection or commitment to our community or country can fulfill their desire for "celebrity" attention.

Jan 29, 2016

Marineland's Response to False Allegations by a Los Angeles Based Radical Animal Rights Group

NIAGARA FALLS – ON – Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - An anonymous video, allegedly taken three to four months ago, was released today by a Los Angeles based radical animal activist group in which that "group" makes a series of false allegations of criminal animal abuse against employees of Marineland.



This video follows an orchestrated phone call and Facebook attack this past Friday by another radical animal rights activist group against Marineland alleging that Kiska the killer whale had died.



Both sets of allegations are tied to efforts by radical animal rights activists to obtain signatures on their petition to the federal government regarding a private member’s bill introduced by an unelected senator, which will ban all marine mammals in captivity in Canada, forcing the closure of the Vancouver Aquarium, Marineland and all other marine mammal facilities.  That private member’s bill died on the order paper and has now been re-introduced by that same unelected Senator.



The allegations by the Los Angeles based "group" are completely and knowingly false.



If the "group" actually believed the allegations were true it is unbelievable that they would wait almost four months to make any report to the OSPCA or anyone else of the alleged "abuse".  



They make these allegations now because they are false, and they know it, and solely to promote their petition to the federal government, which this “group” has linked on its web page to the video.



In response to some of these false allegations, Marineland has posted photos of Kiska, taken yesterday.  She is completely healthy and fine.



Today, video and photos have also been posted to Marineland’s website of the animals depicted in the Los Angeles group's video, all of which are also healthy, thriving and fine.  Please see the following link - https://www.facebook.com/MarinelandofCanada



Marineland is the most thoroughly investigated marine mammal facility in the world.  All of its animals have been inspected by numerous independent scientists and experts over the last three years, including by an independent panel of three experts appointed by the Government of Ontario.  



The Government of Ontario, after appointing an expert panel, reviewing the independent expert report, extensive discussions, a full public hearing, and participating in the work of a technical advisory group which included Zoocheck Canada, and other activist groups, has passed strong marine mammal regulations which apply to all the marine mammals at Marineland.



Marineland is working with the Government of Ontario to ensure the ongoing health and welfare of all its animals.


These types of grossly false allegations by a marginal and radical Los Angeles based “group” that was not involved at all in the legislative process in Ontario and also failed to participate at any point over the last four years in any investigations or discussions, are made solely for publicity reasons and are knowingly false.


All this “group” has done is make a hate-filled rant on the internet without concern for any consequences to the people who dedicate their lives to these wonderful marine mammals at Marineland and without regard for any damage they may cause to innocent people in the community of Niagara Falls.



Marineland trusts that the Canadian public will see these false allegations by this Los Angeles based “group” for what they are.


Jun 12, 2015

Marineland's Response to Senator Moore's Private Bill

NIAGARA FALLS – ON – THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 - Senator Moore from Nova Scotia and Elizabeth May from British Columbia have introduced a bill today that has as its primary effect, throwing thousands of Ontarians out of work and diverting the one million visitors a year Marineland attracts to the Niagara Region to their own constituencies on either coast.


This Bill is a bicoastal job creation and tourism bill at the expense of Ontario, costing thousands of jobs in Niagara Falls and Niagara Region, and robbing the average people of Ontario from a fair opportunity to see our marine mammals.


When asked, Senator Moore said he was unaware of any economic impact his proposed bill will have on employment in Ontario of the people of Ontario.


This bill is all about promoting tourism for Senator Moore’s and Ms. May’s constituencies, and eliminating any competition. 


Numerous independent studies and investigations have all concluded that the marine mammals at Marineland are healthy and well taken care of. 


Dr. Noonan, an Academic Biologist with a specialty in Animal Behaviour and forty one years of experience conducting research in Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Neuroscience gave evidence at the Committee Hearings for Ontario’s Bill 80 as follows:


“The data from my research program at Marineland (of the Beluga Whales) indicate the following:


a.       Behavioural indices of stress are very low


b.      High reproductive rates suggest psychological well being


c.      The belugas are able to express much of their natural behavioural repertoire


d.      High incidence of playful behaviour suggests positive affect is predominant.”


The Ontario Government recognizes these facts and is putting in place appropriate scientific standards of care for all our marine mammals, so everyone in Ontario has a chance to see our unique marine mammals at Marineland.


It is clear that Senator Moore and Ms. May are focused on Tourism and know little about the whales they express so much concern about.


In fact, Senator Moore clearly knew little or nothing about Beluga Whales, publicly suggesting that there are only 880 Beluga Whales in Canada. 


Fisheries and Oceans Canada reported in March of 2015 that “It is roughly estimated that between 72,000 and 144,000 belugas live in Canadian waters.” Over 50,000 of them live in Ontario.  A far cry from 880.


Senator Moore and Ms. May were also quick to refer to Beluga Whales as “deep diving”, but failed to note the accepted scientific understanding of Belugas, “The majority of predicted habitat along the coast is consistent with Beluga behaviour in which they generally utilize shallow coastal waters, barely deep enough to cover their bodies.” (Ridgway and Harrison)(Goetz et al, 2012).


In fact, “River estuaries are very important summer habitat for Beluga.  The whales rely on estuaries for a number of habitat functions, which may include foraging, moulting and nursery habitat, thermal advantage and protection from predators”.(The Beluga Management Plan, Ontario, Ministry of Natural Resources, 2013)


Most studies show a strong preference for Beluga Whales to remain on the surface or spend the vast majority of their time diving to depths of no more than 4 meters.


It is noted “The preference of this population for shallow water in summer is not dictated by an inability to dive to greater depths”.(Martin, Hall, Richard, 2000)


Beluga Whales only leave shallow estuaries when forced to by pack ice, returning immediately to shallow waters when the ice breaks up, and are able to dive to great depths, in part to avoid being eaten by their primary predator, Killer Whales.


Senator Moore and Ms. May shifted the focus of their press conference almost immediately to Marineland, and it is clear that the purpose of their Bill is to eliminate any opportunity for any Canadian (particularly Ontarians) to view or visit any Whale or Dolphin in Canada anywhere except in their ridings on the west or east coast.


The focus on Marineland is clear from the way they arranged for Mr. Demers to attend, whose catalogue of conspiracy theory and mass animal abuse allegations, have been unequivocally proven to be completely false after careful independent and thorough reviews by multiple separate teams of experts in marine mammals from a host of Government agencies.  Mr. Demers appears to be motivated solely by revenge against Marineland over rejection of his proposal to Marineland that he star in a reality TV show featuring Marineland’s animals.  He didn’t make a single allegation of abuse in twelve years until his reality TV show dream was crushed.  Mr. Demers’ primary role at Marineland was feeding fish to marine mammals, under direct supervision, and his formal marine mammal qualifications are non-existent, as his education did not extend beyond graduating from high school.  Relying on Mr. Demers with respect to marine mammal health and welfare is like relying solely on the opinion of a hospital orderly regarding the medical care of patients in a hospital, and deliberately disregarding specialist physicians and nurses.


Mr. Moore, and Ms. May, used their Press Conference to encourage tourism to their constituencies and to suggest that the best way to see any whale or dolphin is to do it from a boat.


While a visit to the East of West Coast is amazing, it is a visit that is well beyond the financial means of most average families in Ontario, and not the type of expenditure any family is generally prepared to make to view a whale or dolphin.  Many families on the West or East coast decline to participate in very expensive whale watching trips in their own communities.  Why should Ontarians be denied the opportunity to visit Marineland  at a fraction of the cost?


It is ridiculous to suggest, as Ms. May and Mr. Moore have, that the average Ontarian should be forced to spend thousands of dollars to jet their whole families out to either coast to participate in a high end expensive whale watching event just so their children can see a dolphin or Beluga Whale.


As we all know, there are no guarantees you will see anything whale watching from a boat and may only learn what it is like to be seasick.


Furthermore, whale watching is far more stressful for any whale than visiting them at Marineland.  As Dr. Noonan noted: “Behavioural indices of stress are very low” among Beluga Whales at Marineland.  To the contrary, it has been noted that:


“The cumulative effect of changing behaviours, displacement, or the chronic stress induced by exposure to whale watching activity may translate into decline in health and vital rates.” Among whales being watched.


That is why Marineland continues to welcome almost a million visitors a year to view marine mammals that cannot be viewed anywhere else except at enormous expense, if they can be viewed at all. 


Since Marineland opened over fifty years ago, we have hosted, educated and entertained literally millions of young people and families. 


We have heard from many marine biologists, veterinarians, conservationists and oceanographers that it was their childhood experience at Marineland that inspired them to learn more about the wonders of the ocean and its amazing aquatic life.  Ontario’s children who come to visit and learn about animals they might never know existed will grow up to the champions of the wild cousins of the animals you find at places like Marineland.


Marineland notes that the Bill forces immediate closure of all marine mammal facilities, which demonstrates the lack of care or thought for marine mammals that went into this Bill.


All of the Killer Whale, dolphins and majority of Beluga Whales were, long ago, classified as wild capture, and as a consequence cannot be legally relocated anywhere.  This Bill mandates their execution by legislation.  No sea pens exist that can house Beluga Whales as all Arctic bays are choked with ice for half the year. 


Even the most prominent activist in the United States, Naomi Rose, on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States, recognizes these issues and has publicly stated:


“We are proposing a phasing out of orca exhibition, taking as long as three decades, giving Oceanaria sufficient time to repurpose their orca enclosures.  We believe this is eminently reasonable and will minimize the financial impacts of ending this practice.”


Naomi Rose, September 2011


This Bill is an opportunistic effort to shut Marineland to unfairly attempt to benefit one group of Canadians at the expense of another.


Marineland notes that this is a private senator Bill and Marineland trusts that the Government will act responsibly in the interests of all Canadians and reject this ill-informed, unscientific, misguided, and transparent effort to enrich Mr. Moore’s and Ms. May’s own ridings at the expense of all Ontarians.


May 29, 2015

Marineland's Response to the Passing of Bill 80

Marineland supports the Government's approach - obtain a clear independent scientific opinion from leading marine mammal scientists and use their independent advice and recommendations to establish clear positive legislation and regulation to ensure the long term health and care of all marine mammals, including Kiska.


Kiska is healthy and well cared for at Marineland.  Kiska's health is monitored daily be experienced staff and professionals.  She receives excellent medical care from highly qualified and experienced veterinarians, including expert medical consultants.  Kiska receives a healthy diet of high quality fish and her appetitie is healthy, as is her weight, and Kiska's teeth are in good condition for her advanced age and she receives a preventative "rinse" daily.


Kiska lives in the largest pool housing a killer whale in the world. All of the water in Kiska's pool is filtered and exchanged every three hours through an advanced computerized water filtration system.  The water system has been independently reviewed and approved by Stantec, recognized experts in water filtration systems.


Marineland welcomes everyone to come and see for themselves our wonderful killer whale, Kiska.

Mar 24, 2015

Marineland's Response to Ontario Government Legislation Regarding Marine Mammals Introduced on March 23, 2015
Marineland supports the Government's commitment to seeking guidance and following the best advice from marine mammal experts regarding appropriate standards of care for marine mammals.

The Technical Advisory Committee provides essential input from independent marine mammal veterinarians and scientists who have decades of experience rescuing marine mammals, and providing for their ongoing health and care.

Marineland trusts that the Committee members can work cooperatively to provide the Government with clear advice and direction towards meaningful standards that will ensure the continuing health of all marine mammals.

Marineland believes it is essential that the process remain focussed on the health and welfare of marine mammals, the decades of scientific research and experience that should inform the setting of standards, and on achieving clear and enforceable standards. We support the government’s view that legal standards need to be based on science, not political ideologies or public relations and the Technical Advisory Committee and the government’s own expert panel report should provide the basis on which to proceed.

Marineland trusts the Government will focus on the clear recommendations of its expert panel and its Chairman, Dr. Rosen. Marineland supports the recommendation of Dr. Rosen that the recently released comprehensive, independent, and peer reviewed Canadian Council on Animal Care guidelines be adopted. The guidelines are detailed, comprehensive in scope, and provide clear direction to any facility that houses marine mammals. The guidelines represent over ten years of work by virtually the entire Canadian scientific community with expertise in the marine mammal field and represent the best practices of marine mammal care.

Marineland meets or exceeds those standards and is committed to maintaining and enhancing the health and care of all its marine mammals.

Jan 28, 2015

Marineland's Statement in Response to the Announcement Made by the Ontario Government



There is no greater priority for Marineland than the health and welfare of all of its animals, including its marine mammals. We have always, and will always live up to the highest, achievable, science-based standards in the world.



Marineland, therefore, welcomes and fully supports the express recommendation of the Expert Panel’s report released today that, “We recommend the timely adoption of the Guidelines On The Care and Maintenance of Marine Mammals established by the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) as a specific Standard of Care for marine mammals under the OSPCA Act.”



Marineland was an active participant and member of the working group that developed the CCAC standards over almost a decade of careful study and review.



The CCAC standards represent the current best practice scientifically peer reviewed marine mammal standards in the world.



We are also confident that if the newly announced Technical Advisory Committee is allowed to be guided by science, and not ideology, the zoos and aquariums of Ontario will have no difficulty in meeting or exceeding the additional achievable standards that will be legislated. Ontario’s accredited zoos and aquariums already meet or exceed the highest science-based and achievable standards.



The acquisition of killer whales is governed by international treaties and legislation entered into by the Federal Government with which Marineland has always complied. Marineland will await additional details regarding this portion of the announcement before commenting further.



Direct employment at Marineland is currently approximately 700 jobs, of which students represent 400 and seniors 200. We are one of the largest employers of youth and senior citizens in the Niagara Region. All of Marineland’s employees are dedicated to the health and welfare of our animals and the enjoyment of our guests. We look forward to welcoming new and returning guests this 2015 season where they will see for themselves the love and care we deeply feel for the wonderful animals in our trust.

Nov 26, 2014

DIGITAL JOURNAL STATEMENT OF RETRACTION - MARINELAND OF CANADA - KISKA

NIAGARA FALLS – ON – TUESDAY, November 25, 2014 – Marineland is pleased to announce that the Digital Journal has today formally retracted the article it published on July 28, 2014 regarding the health and care of Kiska, Marineland’s killer whale.  The complete text of the retraction appears below:


Digital Journal published an on-line article on July 28, 2014 by Elizabeth Batt, “Killer whale at Marineland appears to be ailing” in which Ms. Batt reported allegations about Kiska, the Killer Whale. Upon further review of the allegations contained in the Article, Digital Journal retracts the Article in its entirety.


 The article failed to reference a number of publicly available, independent investigations into Kiska’s health. Specifically, the article failed to mention that Kiska's health and care has been thoroughly reviewed with the full zoo inspection team of the OSPCA, and experts from CAZA, and that no issues of concern with Kiska’s health were noted. The zoo inspection team of the OSPCA has since inspected Kiska following the allegations in the article as recently as October of this year, and again found no issues of concern with Kiska’s health. Marineland has subsequently communicated to Digital Journal that: (i) Kiska is healthy and well cared for at Marineland, (ii) Kiska lives in the largest pool housing a Killer Whale in the world, (iii) all of the water in Kiska’s pool is filtered and exchanged every three hours through an advanced computerized water filtration system, and (iv) that the water system has been independently reviewed and approved by Stantec, recognized experts in water filtration systems.


 Marineland has further communicated to Digital Journal that: (i) Kiska’s health is monitored daily by experienced staff and professionals and that she receives excellent medical care from highly qualified and experienced veterinarians, including expert medical consultants, (ii) Kiska receives a healthy diet of high quality fish and her appetite is healthy, as is her weight, and (iii) Kiska’s teeth are in good condition for her advanced age and she receives a preventative “rinse” daily. 


 Digital Journal prides itself on its high standards of journalism and regrets that they were not met in this isolated case. Digital Journal apologizes unreservedly to Marineland.


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Oct 16, 2014

OSPCA INSPECTION OF MARINELAND - OCTOBER 10, 2014

NIAGARA FALLS – ON – WEDNESDAY, October 15, 2014 – On Friday, October 10, 2014 Marineland welcomed the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Zoo Inspection team for another of its regular and thorough inspections of all of our land animals, marine mammals and facilities.  We are pleased to report that no issues of concern were identified and the inspection was successful.


The inspection was part of the strict, new regulatory system established by the Government of Ontario.  The inspections process was established by the government last year following broad consultation with the public, including animal rights advocates and members of Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA-AZAC). 


These inspections are important, not just because they proactively check on the health and welfare of the animals, but also because they provide the public with the confidence they rightfully demand that the animals they love are well cared for.


Marineland remains committed to the continuing health and welfare of all the incredible animals at Marineland.  


 


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May 16, 2014

UNANNOUNCED OSPCA INSPECTION OF MARINELAND – MAY 15, 2014

NIAGARA FALLS – ON – Friday, May 16, 2014 - Yesterday Marineland welcomed the first regular surprise inspection by the new Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) zoo inspectors, as part of the new framework for monitoring of animal care developed with the Government of Ontario, the OSPCA and Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA-AZAC).


A three member zoo inspection team from the OSPCA were provided full access to all the animals cared for at Marineland and conducted a thorough and professional inspection.


Marineland is pleased to report that no issues of concern were identified and the inspection was successful.  All of our animals are well taken care of and healthy.


Over seven hundred people from our local community are employed at Marineland throughout the season.  They take great pride and care in the care and treatment of our wonderful animals.  The results of this inspection are due to their hard work and tireless commitment to animal care.


We look forward to enjoying the season ahead with all our guests safe in the knowledge that all of our animals are healthy and well taken care of.


Marineland remains committed to continuing to work with the Government of Ontario, the OSPCA and CAZA-AZAC to ensure that the high standards of animal care and treatment at Marineland are maintained and continually developed and enhanced.


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Nov 28, 2013

Ministry of Environment Issues Permit to Marineland

NIAGARA FALLS – ON – Tuesday, November 26, 2013 – After a thorough review and assessment along with public notice and an opportunity for the public to comment, the Ministry of the Environment has issued a permit to Marineland to continue to bury park animals as it always has, in the same manner and in the same location as animals have been buried at Marineland for the last fifty years.


 Marineland treats all of its animals with care and dignity and has always chosen to bury them openly and in a dignified and respectful manner consistent with the law.


 Animals are buried in a secluded area of the park next to a small grove of trees well away from all public areas.


 Animals are buried naturally and are reabsorbed into the environment as part of the natural ecosystem of the park.


 This permit confirms the legality and continuing appropriateness of Marineland’s past burial practices.



Ministry of the Environment Environmental Compliance Approval


ECA Application


ECA Approval


 


 

Oct 25, 2013

Marineland Welcomes Ontario's Community Safety Minister's Announcement Regarding Animal Welfare

 NIAGARA FALLS – ON – Friday, October 25, 2013 - Marineland welcomes the announcement by Ontario’s Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur in regards to animal welfare and her decision to seek independent scientific advice in the establishment of appropriate standards of care for marine mammals.    




The wellbeing of our animals and mammals has, and always will be, our first priority.  Our dolphins, whales, sea lions, walruses, deer and bears are what attract the tens of millions who have watched our shows and visited our attraction.  Like us, our visitors want to ensure those animals and mammals they love are well cared for and we are confident the establishment of transparent standards of care will provide that assurance and in the process ensure the long-term and ongoing success of Marineland. 



Marineland is one of Canada’s premier family attractions in large part because it features both marine mammals and animals in addition to its many rides.  Throughout our 52 year history, Marineland has been proud to bring the magic of our ocean’s creatures closer to the public. Doing so has not only inspired further discovery and study for the global protection and advancement of the many species we feature, but we have also brought billions of tourism dollars to the Ontario economy supporting local hotels, tourism attractions and restaurants.  Marineland is a major contributor to employment in the region, employing over 700 people on a seasonal basis and is one of the leading employers of young adults and senior citizens in this area.



Marineland will be pleased to share its knowledge and experience with the scientific reviewer. 


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Jun 11, 2013

Marineland is Celebrating the Amazing Life of Our Friend, Baker

MARINELAND IS CELEBRATING THE AMAZING LIFE OF OUR FRIEND, BAKER




NIAGARA FALLS, ON - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - We are all saddened to report the death of our old friend, Baker the sea lion on Monday, June 10, 2013.   He died of natural causes.   Today we are also celebrating his amazing life.  You see, Baker may have been the world’s oldest sea lion.   He turned 29 in early May.   In the wild sea lions live to about 10 - in Aquariums usually no more than 15.   Baker almost doubled that number and that can be attributed to the wonderful care he has received through his many years at Marineland.  



Let’s stop and think about that for a moment.  He lived twice the average lifespan.  If a human did that he or she would have been a teenager when Canada became a nation - would have witnessed the first automobiles - been astonished at flight and journeys to the moon - not to mention the creation of the internet.



During his 29 years Baker would have his own astonishing stories.   How many hundreds of thousands of children came to see him through the years?   How many trainers has he played with?   How many truckloads of his favourite fish did he consume?



Baker spent his final years in Marineland’s retirement home for our marine mammals surrounded by old friends and constant medical attention when he needed it.   For the last few years he enjoyed swimming and basking in the light and no doubt dreaming about his million memories.    He deserved it. 



So long old friend.   It’s not going to be the same without you.  


 


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Telephone: 905-356-2142


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Apr 26, 2013

The Truth About Marineland

What would you do if someone told blatant lies about you trying to destroy your business and throw hundreds of your loyal employees out of work? We suspect you would do what we are doing. We are proud to announce that we are taking the Toronto Star to court in a seven million dollar libel suit. Before taking this step we carefully weighed two old adages. One was the warning about taking on people who buy ink by the barrel, but there comes a point when enough is enough. The other- a journalism school maxim – “if your Mother says she loves you, check it out.” 



The Toronto Star has repeatedly accused Marineland of animal cruelty and neglect. They have based their story on the opinions of radical animal liberation activists who demand the closure of all zoos and aquariums everywhere including the Toronto Zoo. They have also based their stories on the words and contrived videos of two disgruntled former employees who viciously turned on their former friends and co-workers and accused them of being part of a conspiracy to abuse animals. 



That, naturally, triggered several investigations of Marineland. We believe that every accusation of animal abuse or neglect should be investigated fully because it’s not only a terrible breach of trust but a serious crime. We welcomed every team of investigators who arrived at the park and cooperated fully.




Each team concluded one thing. There is no animal abuse at Marineland. Experts from Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums that included marine mammal veterinarians from the prestigious Vancouver Aquarium, the Toronto Zoo and the Calgary Zoo examined our animals and asked us to conduct an independent test of the water systems in one of our pools. We said no. Let’s test all of our pools to put this nonsense to rest forever.


That company’s report is now in and has concluded that we have a world-class water system that is better than many water purification systems for humans.



The OSPCA investigators asked us to have an expert examine the eyes of our pinnipeds. They did and found some of our retired sea lions have age-related eye problems. The OSPCA were particularly concerned about Baker the sea lion. So are we. He may be the world’s oldest sea lion and neither the experts nor we were surprised that he might be having vision problems. Marineland has cooperated with the OSPCA and taken any advice they have offered.



So we are almost done.



There’s another old line that is foremost in mind. “Where do we go to get our reputation back?”



Well we are going to court. We couldn’t really respond while the investigations were going on but we certainly can and surely will now. We will let our axe-grinding former employees explain to a judge why they made their bizarre allegations. These allegations came after we turned down a former trainer’s demand to sell t-shirts with his pictures on them and produce a reality show at the park in which he would be the star. He quit when we refused and then sought a new limelight- labelling himself the “walrus whisperer” and then shouted vile accusations to the Toronto Star.



Their reporters will also have to explain to a judge the reason they would take the word of a trainer and his girlfriend- with medical training that ended in high school health class over the word of two of Canada’s best trained veterinarians who follow an oath similar to doctors who treat humans. “First, do no harm.”



Check out page two of the Toronto Star almost any day and you will see a column they tirelessly print on the list of errors they have made. Newspapers do this to attempt to mitigate damages they would endure in lawsuits. But this time it is different. They attacked Marineland with easily disproved lies and with incredible malice. We will have justice served.



One more thing. If you are still worried about Marineland consider this. One of the OSPCA investigators told us this. The investigator will come back to Marineland this summer. Not carrying a badge but bringing the kids. You should come too. It would be a clear rebuke to anyone who thought they could lie to you to further their own agenda.



 


Apr 24, 2013

INDEPENDENT WATER QUALITY EXPERTS RELEASE REPORT ON MARINELAND'S WATER SYSTEMS

Niagara Falls, ON, (April 24, 2013)—Marineland of Canada Inc. announces that Stantec, the independent water quality experts have today released their report of their investigation of Marineland’s water quality systems.


The report dated April 13, 2013 states:


1.       1.  The water management system at Marineland has been developed over many years.  The water management system has been upgraded over time to provide comprehensive treatment to meet modern standards and performance requirements associated with best practices, and ongoing research and development in the industry. Overall, the investment in the water management system has been significant from a capital cost perspective. The Marineland water management systems share similarities with modern water treatment systems designed and operated for production of potable water for human consumption.


2.       2.  Based on our assessment of the life support system design in place at Marineland and a review of the relevant literature, it was found that these systems are suitable for maintaining water quality parameters for the species and number of marine mammals under human care and are capable of providing an appropriate environment.


3.       3.  The treatment systems, pumping systems, piping systems, and electrical systems generally are all in good condition and maintained.


4.       4.  Redundancy for power and water supply is built into each system by providing parallel equipment that can be used while certain components of the system are offline for repair or for maintenance.


5.       5.  The system design, redundancy, and operations and maintenance is capable of promptly correcting isolated fluctuations of water parameters if they should occur.


6.       6.  Staffing is sufficient to ensure the proper functioning and maintenance of the water systems.


7.       7.  Procedures are in place for operation of the water management systems and these procedures, at the request of Marineland, will be documented through Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) for all systems and processes.


The Stantec Report has been submitted to Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquarium’s Commission for their review.



Apr 22, 2013

CAZA Inspection Report - March 22, 2013

REPORT TO CAZA ACCREDITATION COMMISSION

SUBMITTED BY: Greg Tarry

ISSUE: Inspection of Marineland March 22, 2013

SUMMARY:

During the inspection all Marineland staff and management continued to be open and candid in their comments and provided any and all information and assistance requested. This attitude was much appreciated. There were no concerns identified during the inspection that the Commission need react to at this time.



BACKGROUND:

Based on direction from the Accreditation Commission to Marineland of Canada on September 27, 2012 a fourth unannounced inspection was conducted on March 22, 2013. The purpose of the inspection was to assess the following areas identified by the Commission in their letter of direction:

1. Assess the water quality through a review of the water logs and a physical inspection of all of the pools.

Upon arrival at Marineland I asked for and was given copies of the internal water logs from the first of February and the external water assessment reports. In reviewing the internal water logs all of the parameters that were being tracked were within acceptable ranges. A review of the external water test results validated the internal water logs. I visually inspected the water in the aquarium, stadium, training and sea lion pools. All of the water was clear and clean, there were no problems with color or odor of the water in any of the areas. In addition none of the animals in the water appeared to be experiencing any discomfort as a result of being in the pools.

2. Assess staffing levels to ensure that animal welfare and staff safety needs are being met.

During the site inspections I reviewed staffing levels in the areas in question. The scheduled feedings for all of the animals in question were reviewed, and all were being completed. The staff level appeared to be sufficient to conduct the needed training, do the scheduled feedings and maintain cleanliness in the areas that I visited.

3. Examine all of the animals held in the enclosures in question.

All of the dolphins remain in winter quarters in what is called the training pool. I closely examined the skin and eye conditions of all of the Dolphins and did not see any indication of problems. In addition all of the animals were active and engaged during the time that I was with them. Monthly blood tests continue to be taken for the dolphins and no problems have been identified.

4. Review with veterinary and animal care staff the status of any animals receiving treatment.

I specifically inspected the eyes and skin conditions of all of the animals in the areas in question and all were in good health with no sign of eye or skin problems. I reviewed the medical treatments for all of the animals in the three facilities. At the time of inspection none of the animals were under treatment for any non-chronic conditions. The older sea lions were receiving pain medications to address long standing eye issues that had been identified as primarily age related. The eyes of the walrus, which had been identified as problems in the past, in all cases appeared to be normal.

5. Ensure that water quality management protocols are being properly applied.

At the time of my visit new water management protocols had not been finalized. The external engineer’s inspection will result in changes to the current systems and as a result part of the scope of their work would include the provision of an appropriate protocol. In the interim the previous practice of testing the water twice a day is being followed.



I once again reviewed the health of the Orca “Kiska” in light of a media report claiming chronic bleeding in the tail area. As documented in previous reports, there has been no recurrence of the bleeding in the tail area. The animal continues to be in good health and is eating a full ration.



The progress on the engineering study that was also a part of the Commission’s letter of direction was discussed. Marineland has retained an engineering firm to undertake the project. They have expanded the study area to include the water handling systems for Arctic and Friendship Coves. These two areas were not part of the original project however Marineland felt that it would be appropriate to have the engineers review them as well. They have completed their onsite work and are now finalizing their report. The addition of the two larger pools has extended the time needed for completion of the report however it is expected to be available in the next few weeks.

Apr 22, 2013

CAZA Inspection Report - January 18, 2013

REPORT TO CAZA ACCREDITATION COMMISSION

SUBMITTED BY: Greg Tarry

DATE: January 18, 2013

ISSUE: Inspection of Marineland January 18, 2013

SUMMARY:

During the inspection all Marineland staff and management continued to be open and candid in their comments and provided any and all information and assistance requested. This attitude was much appreciated. There were no concerns identified during the inspection that the Commission need react to at this time.



BACKGROUND:

Based on direction from the Accreditation Commission to Marineland of Canada on September 27, 2012 a third unannounced inspection was conducted on January 18, 2013. The purpose of the inspection was to assess the following areas identified by the Commission in their letter of direction:

1. Assess the water quality through a review of the water logs and a physical inspection of all of the pools.

Upon arrival at Marineland I asked for and was given copies of the internal water logs for the month of December and the external water assessment reports. In reviewing the internal water logs all of the parameters that were being tracked were within acceptable ranges. A review of the external water test results supported the internal water logs. Following a review of the water logs I visually inspected the water in the aquarium, stadium, training and sea lion pools. All of the water was clear and clean, there were no problems with color or odor of the water in any of the areas. In addition none of the animals in the water appeared to be experiencing any discomfort as a result of being in the pools.

2. Assess staffing levels to ensure that animal welfare and staff safety needs are being met.

During the site inspections I reviewed staffing levels in the areas in question. The scheduled feedings for all of the animals in question were reviewed, and all were being completed. The staff level appeared to give them sufficient to conduct the needed training, do the scheduled feedings and maintain cleanliness in the areas that I visited.

3. Examine all of the animals held in the enclosures in question.

All of the dolphins have been moved into winter quarters in what is called the training pool. I closely examined the skin and eye conditions of all of the Dolphins and did not see any indication of problems. In addition all of the animals were active and engaged during the time that I was with them. Monthly blood tests continue to be taken for the dolphins and no problems have been identified.

4. Review with veterinary and animal care staff the status of any animals receiving treatment.

I met with the on-duty veterinarian, Dr. Erica Gehring, and walked through all of the areas with her and reviewed the health of the animals in question. I specifically inspected the eyes and skin conditions of all of the animals and all were in good health with no sign of eye or skin problems. At the time of inspection none of the animals were under treatment for any non-chronic conditions. The older sea lions were receiving pain medications to address long standing eye issues that had been identified as primarily age related. The eyes of the walrus, which had been identified as problems in the past, in all cases appeared to be normal.

5. Ensure that water quality management protocols are being properly applied.

At the time of my visit new water management protocols had not been finalized. It is likely that the external engineer’s inspection will result in changes to the current systems and as a result we agreed that part of the scope of their work would include the provision of an appropriate protocol. In the interim the previous practice of testing the water twice a day is being followed.



I once again reviewed the health of the Orca “Kiska” in light of a media report claiming chronic bleeding in the tail area. As documented in previous reports, there has been no recurrence of the bleeding in the tail area. The animal continues to be in good health and is eating a full ration.



The progress on the engineering study that was also a part of the Commission’s letter of direction was discussed. Marineland has retained an engineering firm to undertake the project. They have completed their onsite work and are now finalizing their report. Marineland expects to have the report completed by the end of January and will then move forward with implementation shortly after that.

Apr 22, 2013

CAZA Inspection Report - November 29, 2012

REPORT TO CAZA ACCREDITATION COMMISSION

SUBMITTED BY: Greg Tarry

DATE: November 29, 2012

ISSUE: Inspection of Marineland November 27, 2012

SUMMARY:

During the inspection all Marineland staff and management were open and candid in their comments and provided any and all information and assistance requested. This attitude was much appreciated. There were no concerns identified during the inspection that the Commission need react to at this time.



BACKGROUND:

Based on direction from the Accreditation Commission to Marineland of Canada on September 27, 2012 a second unannounced inspection was conducted on November 27, 2012. The purpose of the inspection was to assess the following areas identified by the Commission in their letter of direction:

1. Assess the water quality through a review of the water logs and a physical inspection of all of the pools.

Upon arrival at Marineland I asked for and was given copies of the internal water logs for the month of November and the external water assessment reports. In reviewing the internal water logs all of the parameters that were being tracked were within acceptable ranges. A review of the external water test results supported the internal water logs. Following a review of the water logs I visually inspected the water in the aquarium, stadium, training and sea lion pools. All of the water was clear and clean, there were no problems with color or odor of the water in any of the areas. In addition none of the animals in the water appeared to be experiencing any discomfort as a result of being in the pools.

2. Assess staffing levels to ensure that animal welfare and staff safety needs are being met.

During the site inspections I reviewed staffing levels in the areas in question. The scheduled feedings for all of the animals in question were reviewed, and all were being completed. The staff level appeared to give them sufficient to conduct the needed training, do the scheduled feedings and maintain cleanliness in the areas that I visited.

3. Examine all of the animals held in the enclosures in question.

At this time all of the dolphins have been moved into winter quarters in what is called the training pool. I had the trainers have all of the dolphins come up on the training platform and was able to determine that the condition of their skin and eyes was good. In addition they were active and in overall good health. I also inspected the eyes and skin conditions of the other animals in question and all were in good health with no sign of eye or skin problems.

4. Review with veterinary and animal care staff the status of any animals receiving treatment.

I once again met with the veterinarian on duty, and discussed with her the health of the animals in question. At the time of inspection none of the animals were under treatment for any non-chronic conditions. The older sea lions were receiving pain medications to address long standing eye issues that had been identified as primarily age related. The eyes of the walrus, which had been identified as problems in the past, in all cases appeared to be normal.

5. Ensure that water quality management protocols are being properly applied.

At the time of my visit new water management protocols had not been finalized. It is likely that the external engineer’s inspection will result in changes to the current systems and as a result we agreed that part of the scope of their work would include the provision of an appropriate protocol. In the interim the previous practice of testing the water twice a day is being followed.



I once again reviewed the health of the Orca “Kiska” in light of a media report claiming chronic bleeding in the tail area. I asked for and received copies of the medical records for Kiska for the month of November and was also given copies of the daily observation sheets completed by staff for Kiska. I visited the pool with the senior trainer and discussed the current status of the animal. Based on this I can report:

1. At the time of the inspection there was no sign of bleeding or injury.

2. Based on a review of the keepers log sheets and the medical records there has been no recurrence of the bleeding in the past month.

3. The animal appears to be in good health and is eating a full ration.



It is my opinion that there is no cause for concern on the part of the Commission regarding the health of the animal at this time.

The progress on the engineering study that was also a part of the Commission’s letter of direction was discussed. Marineland confirmed that they have met with a consultant engineering firm which will provide a proposal for the study. It is hoped to have that work initiated early in 2013.

Apr 22, 2013

CAZA Inspection Report - October 30, 2012

REPORT TO CAZA ACCREDITATION COMMISSION



SUBMITTED BY: Greg Tarry



DATE: October 30, 2012



ISSUE: Inspection of Marineland October 26, 2012



SUMMARY:



During the inspection all Marineland staff and management were open and candid in their comments and provided any and all information and assistance requested. This attitude was much appreciated. Other than the lack of an updated water management protocol, there were no concerns identified during the inspection that the Commission need react to at this time.







BACKGROUND:



Based on direction from the Accreditation Commission to Marineland of Canada on September 27, 2012 an unannounced inspection was conducted on October 26, 2012. The purpose of the inspection was to assess the following areas identified by the Commission in their letter of direction:



1. Assess the water quality through a review of the water logs and a physical inspection of all of the pools.



Upon arrival at Marineland I asked for and was given copies of the internal water logs for the month of October and the external water assessment reports. In reviewing the internal water logs all of the parameters that were being tracked were within or very close to acceptable ranges when compared to industry standards. A review of the external water test results supported the internal water logs. Following a review of the water logs I visually inspected the water in the aquarium, stadium, training and sea lion pools. All of the water was clear and clean, there were no problems with color or odor of the water in any of the areas. In addition none of the animals in the water appeared to be experiencing any discomfort as a result of being in the pools.



2. Assess staffing levels to ensure that animal welfare and staff safety needs are being met.



During the site inspections I discussed staffing levels; in the areas in question they had six staff on duty. The scheduled feedings for all of the animals in question were reviewed, and all were being completed. The staff level of six appeared to give them sufficient to conduct the needed training, do the scheduled feedings and maintain cleanliness in the areas that I visited.



3. Examine all of the animals held in the enclosures in question.



All of the animals in question were inspected and appeared to be in good health with no sign of eye or skin problems.



4. Review with veterinary and animal care staff the status of any animals receiving treatment.



I met with the veterinarian on duty, Dr. Erica Gehring, and discussed with her and the senior trainer the health of the animals in question. At the time of inspection none of the animals were under treatment for any non-chronic conditions. Two of the older sea lions were receiving pain medications to address long standing eye issues that had been identified as primarily age related. In addition a number of the animals were receiving eye-drops as a preventative treatment. The eyes of the walrus, which had been identified as problems in the past, in all cases appeared to be normal.



5. Ensure that water quality management protocols are being properly applied.



At the time of my visit the new water management protocols had not been finalized. In the interim the previous practice of testing the water twice a day was being followed.







Subsequent to the direction from the Commission, a media report claiming chronic bleeding in the tail area of the female Orca, Kiska, was published. It was determined that while the inspection was being conducted that the status of this animal should be assessed. The media report stated that the injury in question had been going on for some time, that the animal was depressed, that behaviours were breaking down and as a result the animal could not be treated. I asked for and received copies of the medical records for Kiska for the last several months and was also given copies of the daily observation sheets completed by staff for Kiska. I visited the pool with the veterinarian and the senior trainer and discussed the current status of the animal. Based on this I can report:



1. At the time of the inspection there was no sign of bleeding or injury.



2. That the injury had occurred some time ago however the animal has been treated and routine blood sampling done. The injury itself is a relatively small cut on the tail area. They are not positive of the original cause of the injury, however like many small cuts, when bumped it will bleed. The bleeding does not appear to last for any length of time. In reviewing the daily keeper sheets the animal would be bleeding at one feeding but not at the next.



3. The animal appears to be in good health and is eating a full ration. In pretty much all of the daily records the amount of food consumed is the targeted quantity of 100 pounds.







It is my opinion that there is no cause for concern on the part of the Commission regarding the health of the animal at this time. The question of a companion animal for Kiska was discussed. Marineland continues to address this question and until recently it appeared that another animal had been found however that now appears not to be the case. At this time other solutions are being considered. Marineland is fully aware of the Commission’s view that Orcas should be kept in appropriate social groupings.



The progress on the engineering study that was also a part of the Commission’s letter of direction was discussed. National Office has been working with Marineland in developing a set of criteria to use for the engineering study. These criteria are based on the AAMPA standards for marine mammals. In addition, names of potential consultants that could do the study are being gathered. Marineland advised that they have had discussions with a consultant who will provide a proposal for the study. Assuming that the consultant in question is approved by the Commission it may negate the need for a time consuming RFP process.

Oct 3, 2012

Marineland Statement regarding Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) Findings

NIAGARA FALLS, ON, October 3, 2012 - - - Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) has completed its comprehensive, independent special investigation into the welfare of our animals at Marineland and today, released a statement regarding its decision on the Marineland investigation.



Marineland welcomed and has been fully supportive of CAZA's investigation. CAZA has stated, "The cooperation of all of the [Marineland] staff in responding to the committee's questions and making the facility available for their inspection was excellent".



While the way these issues were raised through the media was very difficult and personally upsetting for many of us here at Marineland and for the public, our primary concern continues to be providing a safe and healthy environment for our animals and a welcoming one for our guests.



As CAZA will continue periodic inspections of our facilities and until the OSPCA has concluded its investigation, we are refraining from making additional comments on these matters.



Ann Marie Rondinelli



Marineland Marketing



Telephone: 905-356-2142



Email: marketing@marineland.ca

Aug 28, 2012

Marineland of Canada Cleared by Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA)'s Experts

Niagara Falls, ON - - The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) and independent experts from the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) conducted a joint inspection of Marineland's marine mammals and physical facilities today.



Following their inspection, the experts from CAZA stated:



"No major issues were found."


"The cooperation of all of the staff in responding to the committee's questions and making the facility available for their inspection was excellent."


"Overall the collection's health looked very good."



The experts noted that Marineland of Canada's preventative medicine program includes regular veterinary inspections and is comprehensive. While there are some eye issues in a few animals, most are related to old age and all of these animals are under veterinary care, which includes a pain management program. CAZA experts noted "The use of specialists in addressing these issues is commendable" and Marineland is also "participating in an active research program investigating pinniped eye diseases".



Marineland's owner, John Holer, said "We welcome everyone to visit Marineland and enjoy our park, confident in the knowledge that all of our animals are well cared for."

Aug 28, 2012

CAZA ACCREDITATION COMMISSION DECISION ON MARINELAND INVESTIGATION

The Accreditation Commission of Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums ( CAZA) has conducted a special investigation into allegations that the welfare of animals at Marineland Canada has been negatively affected by water quality problems and inadequate staffing levels and that these problems were not appropriately addressed over a period of time. A three person inspection team including two veterinary experts conducted a site inspection on August 23rd, and subsequently interviewed relevant witnesses and examined internal water logs and medical records.



The Commission has concluded that at the time of the site inspection the animals in question in the Marineland collection, including the marine mammals were in overall good health and there was no evidence of animal abuse, that water quality in all the pools was very good, and it appeared that staffing levels were adequate.



The Commission found that Marineland's veterinary program is comprehensive and includes regular veterinary inspections and treatment of animals where appropriate. The veterinarians are experienced, competent and assisted by specialists as needed.



Detailed examination of water quality logs and animal health records as well as interviews with some ex-employees, however, raise questions about how effectively the water quality systems in three of the pools are working. In examining the logs there were several times when levels exceeded industry standards and while each incident was brought under control, the Commission expects to see a solution that will maintain water quality in the longer term. While the water quality issues appeared in some instances to impact on the wellbeing of the animals in the pools in question, there was no evidence of animal abuse and the animals affected were under veterinary care and treatment.



The Commission and Marineland have agreed that Marineland will undertake an independent, external inspection of its water quality management systems for the pools in question. The engineering evaluation will be based partially on a thorough updating by Marineland of its water quality management protocols and is to be completed as soon as reasonably possible. CAZA is to be consulted regarding the qualifications of the evaluators, and is to be provided with a copy of the resulting report. Marineland has stated that they welcome this study and will use the results to ensure that the systems are entirely capable of providing an appropriate environment for the marine collection.



Until the engineering study is complete and action taken to address its recommendations, if any, CAZA will conduct a series of unannounced inspections on a four to six week schedule to assess water quality through a review of the water logs and a physical inspection of all of the pools. CAZA inspectors will also assess staffing levels to verify that animal welfare and staff safety are ensured, will examine all the animals in the enclosures in question, review with veterinary and animal care staff the status of animals receiving treatment, ensure that water quality management protocols are being properly implemented, and will report to the Commission on the outcome of the inspections.



CAZA represents the 29 leading zoological parks and aquariums in Canada. Its purpose is to promote the welfare of zoo and aquarium wildlife, to advance related science and conservation, and to foster public engagement in the preservation of our natural heritage.



The foundation of the approach to animal care taken by Canada's accredited zoos and aquariums is the CAZA Accreditation Program, based on standards to which each Member is subject, spelling out in detail the measures needed to ensure the first rate care needed for the wellbeing of all the animals for which each Member is responsible.



CAZA standards deal with every aspect of the zoo and aquarium, especially the wellbeing of the animals - nutrition, enclosures, security, exercise and enrichment, veterinary care, contact with visitors - everything that impacts on the animal. The standards required for accreditation are continuously updated to ensure they meet the highest internationally recognized standards for the care and wellbeing of animals.



The implementation of CAZA's standards is ensured through the association's Accreditation Commission. Headed by professionals who have years of experience in animal care and all other aspects of zoo and aquarium operation, the commission regularly inspects member facilities. All CAZA members must have their accreditation renewed - through a thorough inspection - at least once every five years.



Any variation from approved standards can lead to re-inspection resulting in new requirements, or in extreme cases, to removal of accreditation.



For further information:



Bill Peters



National Director



Ph. 613 327-9402



Email: bpeters@caza.ca





CAZA is the national voice of the zoo and aquarium community in Canada. Representing the 29 leading zoos and aquariums in Canada its purpose is to promote the welfare of animals, to advance related science and conservation and to foster public engagement in the preservation of our natural heritage. For more information visit www.caza.ca

Aug 15, 2012

Media Statement

For over 50 years, Marineland has proven that it is one of the world's best facilities for animal and marine mammal care.



We are proud to offer our guests an educational and exciting experience.



Our animals receive loving care from our trainers and our veterinary staff and enjoy well-maintained facilities, high quality diets and exemplary veterinary care. As a testament to the quality of our care, our animals live much longer than they would in the wild. Our "seniors" enjoy their retirement in their Marineland home and receive the best quality care for their age and stage of life.



We invite members of the media and the public to visit Marineland to see it for themselves and learn more about the work we do here.