Marineland charged with animal cruelty

Niagara Falls, Ontario, park charged with five counts

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has charged Niagara Falls theme park Marineland with five counts of animal cruelty.

The Ontario SPCA launched an investigation earlier this month amid concerns for the well-being of some of the animals housed at the park. No animals were removed from Marineland.

The charges under the Ontario SPCA Act are as follows:

  • One count for permitting a peacock bird to be in distress.
  • One count for failing to comply with the prescribed standards of care for a Peacock bird.
  • Two counts for failing to comply with the prescribed Standards of Care for Guinea Hens.
  • One count for failing to comply with the prescribed standards of care including failing to provide adequate and appropriate food and water for approximately 35, American Black Bears.
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    “Reports of animal cruelty are taken very seriously,” said senior OSPCA inspector Steve Toy in a release. “When we receive reports of cruelty that involve wildlife or exotic animals, we will utilize our experts as well as industry experts to assist us with our investigation.”

    Image via Marineland/Facebook