Do Not Renew Licence for Marineland

Marineland, an facility that displays marine mammals in Ontario, Canada, is being described by 8 former employees as having unhealthy water and staffers describe a pattern of neglect that has repeatedly resulted in animal suffering.

Complaints are that:

-- 6 of the park's 7 seals are blind, have impaired vision or have had serious eye problems because of exposure to unhealthy water,

-- 5 female dolphins swam almost continuously in bad, murky green water and their skin fell off in chunks,

-- A baby beluga whale with bacterial meningitis was killed due to understaffing,

-- Walruses are confined sporadically in cramped, waterless pens,and have chemical burns from being in the water

-- Marineland had 5 orcas in 2004, but 4 have since died

READ MORE- SOURCE: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1241961--marineland-animals-suffering-former-staffers-say#.UCu9gWBSJOw.facebook

There are no government regulations for sea mammal captivity in Canada. The Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a self-regulating industry association, issues licences after inspection. We ask that you do not re-issue a licence to Marineland, and have more frequent inspections.

Bill Peters
National Director
Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums
400-280 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 1R7,
Tel. (613) 567-0099 (x 242)
E-mail: bpeters@caza.ca

Greg Tarry
Business ManagerCanadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums
400-280 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 1R7,
Tel. (613) 567-0099 (x 242)
E-mail: gtarry@caza.ca

Robert Levesque
Financial Coordinator
Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums
400-280 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 1R7,
Tel. (613) 567-0099 (x 242)
E-mail:rlevesque@caza.ca

Marineland, an facility that displays marine mammals in Ontario, Canada, is being described by 8 former employees as having unhealthy water and staffers describe a pattern of neglect that has repeatedly resulted in animal suffering.



Complaints are that:



-- 6 of the park's 7 seals are blind, have impaired vision or have had serious eye problems because of exposure to unhealthy water,



-- 5 female dolphins swam almost continuously in bad, murky green water and their skin fell off in chunks,



-- A baby beluga whale with bacterial meningitis was killed due to understaffing,



-- Walruses are confined sporadically in cramped, waterless pens,and have chemical burns from being in the water



-- Marineland had 5 orcas in 2004, but 4 have since died



READ MORE- SOURCE: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1241961--marineland-animals-suffering-former-staffers-say#.UCu9gWBSJOw.facebook



There are no government regulations for sea mammal captivity in Canada. The Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a self-regulating industry association, issues licences after inspection. We ask that you do not re-issue a licence to Marineland, and have more frequent inspections.

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