Ontario’s animal welfare agency announced six new animal cruelty charges against Marineland on Monday as part of a continuing investigation into the care of land mammals at the Niagara Falls, Ont. attraction.
The Ontario SPCA responded to concerns brought forth regarding some of the animals living at Marineland. An investigation was launched and on November 25, 2016, Marineland was charged with 5 counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.
This investigation has been extensive and as a result of the evidence that has been revealed during the investigation process, today, the Ontario SPCA served Marineland with an additional 6 counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act; totaling 11 counts of animal cruelty.
Today’s charges are as follows.
- One count for permitting Elk to be in distress
- One count of failing to provide prescribed standards of care for Elk
- One count of permitting Red Deer to be in distress
- One count of failing to provide prescribed standards of care for Red Deer
- One count of permitting Fallow Deer to be in distress
- One count of failing to provide prescribed standards of care for Fallow Deer
No animals were removed, as the Ontario SPCA can only remove an animal if/when the following have occurred:
- An animal is in immediate distress. In this situation, Ontario SPCA officers did not find the animals to be in immediate distress, as defined by the Ontario SPCA Act.
- A veterinarian has recommended the removal of the animal to ensure the animal gets the care it requires.
- Ontario SPCA Act Orders have been issued but were not complied with.
“We try to educate wherever possible, but we will enforce the law when it’s necessary,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “We want to reassure the public that the Society will continue to make sure these animals are getting the care they require.”