Marineland sues former animal trainer for $1.5 million

Posted Thursday, February 14, 2013 9:24 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

Philip Demers wanted to be the “Kanye West” of animal trainers, but never got the chance after Marineland rejected his idea, according to a statement of claim filed by the Niagara Falls theme park. A lawsuit to restrain inappropriate conduct in relation to employees, former employees and veterinarians of the marine-animal park was filed Tuesday at the St. Catharines courthouse. The allegations include a plot to steal Smooshi the walrus as well as trespassing on Marineland property and intimidating employees. The lawsuit also seeks $1.5 million in damages from Demers, a former employee turned outspoken critic of the tourist attraction.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 9:26 AM

Things just keep getting more weird with that park. I was considering a stop there at some point, perhaps on the way to Wonderland, but honestly, I don't think I would now.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 3:25 PM

Come on. You know you want to go see Smooshi now! :)

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 7:42 PM

The Arrow terain coaster is worth the visit.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 8:46 PM

I was hoping to take my kids there this summer. I'm wondering how much of this will be done with and the park moving on, or what.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 9:25 PM

Yet another bizarre headline out of Marineland. I fail to see why these weird headlines should preclude a visit, however.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 9:53 PM

Because I'm not one to benefit a morally questionable business for the sake of credit whoring, mostly.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:33 PM

Meh. All businesses are morally questionable. Doesn't stop me one bit :-).

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:53 PM

I prefer to do business with the morally questionable. Keeps me on my toes.

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Friday, February 15, 2013 4:09 AM

Launching several fairly high profile lawsuits against ex employees who have/might speak out about something doesn't scream "credibility" to me. If anything, I think it gives much more credit to the allegations that have been made against the park.

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Friday, February 15, 2013 11:08 AM

I've talked with the owner several times over the years. A Slovenien immigrant who has been in Canada since the early 1950's he is old school/old world. You mess with him and he is going to mess with you in return plain and simple. In this day and age this type of action may be questionable at best (it would be like getting blood from a rock) in his eyes it's worth whatever it costs to vindicate himself and his life's work.

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