Ontario SPCA Surprise Inspection of Marineland Confirms No Sign of Abuse, Distress, Mistreatment or Neglect of Animals at Marineland Canada

The Ontario SPCA confirmed after a surprise inspection of Marineland Canada on August 16, 2017 that there were no signs of abuse, distress, mistreatment or neglect of any animals in Marineland’s care including: black bears, elk, red deer, fallow deer or guinea hens.

In November 2016 and January 2017, the OSPCA laid a series of questionable charges against Marineland. Those charges were entirely withdrawn by the Crown Attorney who did not believe any of them met the legal threshold to warrant a trial.

Yesterday’s inspection further confirms Marineland’s total innocence to all allegations made by discredited activists and to the recently withdrawn charges laid by the OSPCA that Marineland has categorized as ‘bizarre’.

The OSPCA claimed to Marineland that there is no relationship between their surprise visit and the Crown’s decision. The OSPCA confirmed their surprise inspection was not the result of a complaint made against Marineland. The OSPCA also confirmed full cooperation and full access to the entire park was provided by Marineland Canada.

Despite frequently false allegations made by discredited activists regarding marine mammal care at Marineland, the OSPCA further confirmed there are no signs of abuse, distress, mistreatment or neglect of any marine mammal species. This includes our beluga and walrus populations which are frequently subjected to false allegations spread by activists who fundraise off of their lies about Marineland.

None of the allegations made by activists against Marineland have been verified by any objective review of facts and reality. Marineland has consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellent care for all of the animals who call Marineland home.

Marineland welcomes continued inspections by the OSPCA and remains focused on ensuring that we provide the best quality care to our animals while creating a welcoming, educational environment for the guests who visit our park each year.

Marineland Canada Mournfully Reports The Passing Of Our Beloved Beluga Whale Gia

Marineland Canada has received preliminary necropsy results on, Gia, a beluga whale who has called Marineland home since birth.

Gia passed away suddenly at Marineland.  Up until her passing, Gia appeared happy, healthy and a well-adjusted member of her pod.  Gia was taken care of by a dedicated marine mammal care team that have given hours of care to her each day of her life.

Complete necropsy results will be provided when received.

The preliminary necropsy results that followed Gia’s death indicated she had a congenital torsion of her small intestine that caused it to twist and resulted in a full blockage of the intestine, which resulted in Gia’s death.

Gia’s life has been complex.  Her mother stopped nursing her prior to Gia getting a taste for fish.  In the wild, this would have certainly led to her death when it happened, but at Marineland, her dedicated care team segregated her from the other whales and worked with her eighteen hours each day for an extended period of time to develop proper eating habits.

Gia’s marine mammal team were successful and Gia was reintroduced to her pod, gained weight and appeared to be generally healthy and developing.  Her sudden passing came as a great shock to everyone.

In the past two years, Gia was a victim of radical activists who invent animal mistreatment where none exists to raise funds for themselves.  Marineland released a fact based video which was distributed to the Senators on the Fisheries and Oceans Committee at the time the false allegations were made. Please see the video below:

Those who knew her, those who loved her and our guests who saw her know that Gia was a young, happy, friendly and playful member of the Marineland family.  She will be deeply missed by her marine mammal care team and everyone at Marineland.

Crown Withdraws All Charges Laid By the OSPCA Against Marineland

Marineland has been cleared of all charges laid by the OSPCA. The charges were formally withdrawn on Thursday.

In addition to the reputational damage suffered by Marineland as a result of the charges that were withdrawn, Marineland has also suffered five years of baseless accusations by ill-informed, radical activists.

When Marineland responded to the January 2017 charges we said:

“the OSPCA is continuing a publicity campaign at the behest of a band of discredited activists with little relevant expertise or knowledge, in an effort to avoid further embarrassment related to an ongoing investigation into the OSPCA’s perceived failure to protect animals that is being led by the same activists they are now firmly in bed with.”

Marineland stands by that statement.

We also said then:

“Marineland looks forward to the OSPCA laying out their case in court, where facts matter and there is an objective measure of reality that has not been seen in the basis of their charges or the supporting documentation. We will hold the OSPCA to the high standards of Ontario’s legal system and require them to defend their charges to the fullest extent possible.”

The Crown conducted its own independent review of the OSPCA charges and has effectively agreed with Marineland by determining all the charges ought to be withdrawn.

The OSPCA literally prepared the first of these charges on site, after spending a single afternoon executing a search warrant and viewing more than 4,000 animals across more than three hundred acres at our park.

The OSPCA did not remove or isolate any of the 4,000 animals, despite laying multiple charges.

Following the laying of the charges, the OSPCA issued multiple press releases. They then posted that same information to the Internet platforms they actively fundraise from.  They also organized and conducted a news conference to publicize the laying of the charges. Marineland expressly requested to listen in to the press conference and the OSPCA refused that request.

Marineland was unnecessarily made to suffer severe reputational damage at the hands of the OSPCA’s publicity and fundraising machine.

As a matter of practice, Marineland now audio and video records all OSPCA inspections of the park to ensure an accurate record of the inspections and conditions of the animals and the park. Following the laying of the charges, the OSPCA conducted a full two-day inspection, that was audio and video recorded, of the very same animals and enclosures, and found no issues of concern.