Former Marineland workers allege animal neglect

Posted Saturday, August 18, 2012 12:46 AM | Contributed by Jeff

In extensive interviews with The Star, eight former Marineland staffers describe a pattern of neglect that has repeatedly resulted in animal suffering. What the public doesn’t see is the deterioration of marine mammals that become sick, suffer fur loss, skin damage and even blindness because of recurring water problems, they say. They also point to chronic staffing shortages that leave trainers unable to provide a minimum standard of care for animals to do well in captivity.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012 1:55 AM

This is all over the news in Ontario right now. Despite my love for Dragon Mountain, I can't support a company that is hurting animals in the name of entertainment.

At first it sounded like bitter ex employees. But those videos are incredibly disturbing.

Sunday, August 19, 2012 12:02 PM

I've seen a couple facebook groups are planning protests outside of Marineland on the 26th

Monday, August 20, 2012 1:31 PM

A friend who lives in the area says there have been protests there every Saturday for years. I've seen the facebook groups as well so assume because of this they will be much bigger.

Not sure how factual this is but I've heard that the guy who owns Marineland has turned down offers from several other chains to buy. It does look like one of the properties that Six Flags would have tried to grab a decade ago in that huge expansion.

In my dream world the owner is forced to sell and Blackstone steps in and makes it a Sea World park. Animal problem is fixed, and Dragon Mountain is saved with more coasters on the way.

Monday, August 20, 2012 4:01 PM
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If they didn't want to keep running a park in Northern Ohio, I don't know why they'd want to run one in Southern Ontario.

On a seperate note, the walk up the mountain to the drop ride is brutal. But, the view is pretty cool once your up there.

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Monday, August 20, 2012 5:42 PM

My dream world pays no attention to park closures in Ohio! :)

The park is rammed in July and August which is probably why there's been offers to buy it. There's also a lot of unused land there for expansion which would be appealing to a buyer. Also a steady tourism pool to draw from with The Falls next door.

Monday, August 20, 2012 9:39 PM

Jason Hammond said:

On a separate note, the walk up the mountain to the drop ride is brutal.

What is it with you and brutal hills? Is it a masochistic streak or simply a compulsion to climb? ;)

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Monday, August 20, 2012 10:36 PM
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It was worth doing oncee to say that I did it. I won't do it again. :-)

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 2:19 AM

The walk up to the Sky Screamer is particularly brutal, especially if it's hot. The whole park has football field length walks of nothing between some of the attractions, it's incredibly odd.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 10:25 AM
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It is odd, and I kind of dig it. It gives the park more of a...park-like atmosphere. But that hill in the middle of it is just weird. I can't imagine that anyone takes repeat rides on Sky Screamer unless they're consecutive. I wouldn't want to trek up there again.


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