Marineland not yet in the clear, CAZA says

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – The Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums says it is still in the process of investigating allegations concerning Marineland Canada.


NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – The Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums says it is still in the process of investigating allegations concerning Marineland Canada.

The amusement park issued a release Thursday that said experts from CAZA and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had conducted a joint inspection and found no “major issues” at the Niagara Falls, Ont., facility.

An investigation was launched after a series of published reports in which former Marineland staff alleged that animals were not being properly cared for.

Marineland said the CAZA experts noted there were “some eye issues in a few animals,” but most were related to old age and all of these animals were under veterinary care.

CAZA director Bill Peters, however, says his association’s investigation is ongoing, and the results have yet to be submitted to the CAZA Accreditation Commission for review.

In a release issued Friday, Peters says the process will likely take about a week, at which time a decision will be rendered.

Dr. June Mergl, head of veterinary services at Marineland, has said the allegations of the former staffers were without context, and that maintaining the welfare of the animals was a “balancing act.”

Marineland is home to a variety of creatures, including beluga whales, dolphins and orcas.

Filed under:

Marineland not yet in the clear, CAZA says

  1. With the Internet, learning tools like wikipedia, visual aids like YouTube, why do we need to take unsuspecting animals out of their natural lives and put them in a cage so we can walk by and learn about them.

    Canada should lead in this area, and close all Zoo’s, pay to have all the animals either return to the wild or if not possible, Canada could maintain the animals life in a nature park for the reminder of the animals days.

    I’m sick to my stomach hearing about animals getting lose and being shot as a result.

    Time for us to evolve past the point of keeping animals in cages. Please!

  2. Frankly I believe that Marineland should be shut down for good. The exhibits are pathetic and not at all with keeping with as realistic an environment for these animals as is the norm for most places today. Close it up or keep it up.

  3. I think we should build more zoos and cage more animals. What are they going to do about it? Nothing, thats what.

  4. Zoos, aquariums, and theme parks provide first hand education and an appreciation for animals, especially for children. It is where they get a true sense of awe, respect for the sanctity of nature.

    You certainly cannot replace seeing a live dolphin with what you see on the internet or TV.

    It helps immensely for children to see a whale up close so they become inspired to want to help protect the species as a whole in their natural environment.

    It’s the most impactful teaching experience we have, so if you want to remove it you first need to have something in place, and there is absolutely nothing that replaces the excitement one feels as a dolphin or beluga swims two feet away from your face.

    • You’ll read about this soon enough, but in 2000 a beluga whale named Dee died at Friendship Cove immediately after a “petting” session in front of a number of park visitors. John Holer’s instructions to the trainers that day were to keep one trainer in the water with Dee’s lifeless body and to “splash water on her to make it look like she’s still alive and we’re giving medical attention”, and he instructed the trainers to go ahead with the next petting session with Dee’s lifeless body in the water. Does this sound like the actions of a man who’s running an organization whose purpose is to educate? Does this show a respect for nature?

  5. something is DEFINITELY wrong with Marineland. The fact that they inform the public and say that nothing is wrong and wrote some stuff said by CAZA even when they did not say anything. DEFINITELY something fishy about it

Sign in to comment.