Ontario SPCA inspection finds no animal welfare issues at Marineland
Animals are 'uniformly healthy, well fed, with good coats,' Marineland claims
Ontario's animal welfare agency says a recent inspection of Marineland found no issues of concern at the park, which faces 11 animal cruelty charges.
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the routine inspection of the Niagara Falls, Ont., tourist attraction in February was unrelated to the charges the agency laid in November and January.
- Ontario SPCA charges Marineland with 5 counts of animal cruelty
- Marineland charged with 6 new counts of animal cruelty
Marineland has denied all those charges, which relate to the treatment of the park's land animals that include black bears, elk, red deer, fallow deer, guinea hens and a peacock.
The park says an external veterinarian recently conducted an examination of all of Marineland's animals and found no problems.
Marineland said it also found that its herds of elk, red deer, fallow deer and bison are "uniformly healthy, well fed, with good coats." It also said its bears are healthy, as are its birds.
Since it opened in 1963, Marineland has grown into a large amusement park with whales, dolphins, walruses, seals, sea lions and other animals such as deer, bears, birds and fish.