Following LCA Investigation, OSPCA Charges Marineland with 6 More Counts of Animal Cruelty
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Last Chance for Animals (LCA)
January 2017

The fallout from LCA's investigation of land animals at Marineland, Canada continues as the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) has announced 6 additional charges. The controversial theme park located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is facing historic cruelty charges for their treatment of captive animals that include deer, bears and fowl, among others.

The new charges relate to evidence gathered by LCA which documented numerous instances of improper care and mistreatment of their red and fallow deer.

deer infected eye

LCA's investigation revealed:

  • An underweight red deer with a severely infected eye left untreated
  • A fallow deer fawn left to die in the hot sun; after being discovered with a hole in its abdomen, the Marineland supervisor said that they would pick up the deer the next day, after it had died
  • Two dead animals discovered every day during the investigation
  • Countless fallow deer limping from undiagnosed injuries
  • Hundreds of fallow deer warehoused on a barren lot hidden from public view, with inadequate access to shade

LCA filed a complaint in the fall of 2016 calling on the OSPCA to investigate alleged violations of the OSPCA Act, resulting in an initial five counts of animal cruelty. The new charges, which stem from our original complaint, bring the total to eleven. The complaint details multiple examples where Marineland's land animals were permitted to be in a state of distress, and where the care of deer, bear and fowl fell below prescribed standards regarding medical treatment, food, and protection from elements.

The maximum penalty includes a lifetime ban on owning animals for Marineland's board of directors. CLICK HERE to sign the petition urging the OSPCA to request the maximum penalty if Marineland is convicted: a ban on owning ANY animals!

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