Marineland Canada has been open to guests since 1961 and is one of the main attractions in Niagara Falls, Canada.
The park is home to various rides as well as multiple marine and land species.
However, rumours began to arise after SeaWorld took Marineland to court as they wanted the safe return of orca Ikaika. Vets had said his health was deteriorating at Marineland.
Since then, eight former trainers and keepers have come forward and brought new information with them.
'What the public doesn’t see is the deterioration of marine mammals that become sick, suffer fur loss, skin damage and even blindness because of recurring water problems.'
Here are some of situations the animals are in:Sea lions Baker and Sandy had to be pulled repeatedly from the water and confined in dry cages, in one case for more than two months, to limit further harm to their already damaged eyes. Videos shot in 2011 and 2012 shows them writhing in pain or plunging their heads into a single bucket of clean water. Sandy often sits like a statue, dry as a bone. There’s no lens in Baker’s left eye. When a trainer put him back in the water in April, he barked and it flew out.On May 28, baby beluga Skoot died after a two-hour assault by two adult male belugas in an incident former trainers say points to understaffing at the park. The evening attack unfolded in front of a guide untrained and helpless to intervene. The males bit Skoot’s head and body, spun her around by the tail and bashed her into a rock wall where she stuck. After two trainers finally arrived to pull Skoot out of the pool, she convulsed and died in their arms.Five female dolphins — Sonar, Lida, Marina, Echo and Tsu — swam almost continuously in bad water in a concrete pool in a facility called the barn. Former employees say they lay at the bottom in murky green water or breeched and thrashed wildly, their reactions changing with the chemicals. Their skin fell off in chunks, their colour darkened and they refused to eat. This lasted intermittently for eight months, from October 2011 until just before show season began in May 2012 when their water was changed.
And this is not all. With Ikaika's departure, Kiska, their only other orca has been left alone. They hold41 belugas in one complex and the walruses are kept in small, waterless enclosures deprived of human contact.
It has now been revealed that Kiska has been bleeding from her tail on and off since July. She has been rubbing up against the bars that hold her in the pool alone and cannot be coaxed into the medical pool to be cured. It is almost as if she has given up.
On April 11th, Charmin the beluga was involved in a serious incident when being moved to another pool. The crane jammed and cut into her, causing her excrutiating pain. Her blood coated the sling.
As everyone seems to fighting against SeaWorld all the time, other marine parks are getting away with what is animal cruelty. By signing this petition, we can ensure that these animals have the chance to go to better facilities and Marineland is closed down for good.
For more information, please read these articles. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1241961--marineland-animals-suffering-former-staffers-say
Can't wait for the day when Marineland is gone for good!
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