Marineland Charged With 6 New Counts of Animal Cruelty

Canada’s troubled Marineland has faced ongoing public outrage over its mistreatment of animals, and now it’s facing even more charges for cruelty.

Marineland, in Niargra Falls, Ontario, has been the subject of intense public scrutiny following investigations that exposed horrifying treatment of its marine animals and later its land animals.

The controversy reached a much wider audience after the Toronto Star published a series of detailed articles about the suffering of the animals there in 2012. The facility has since faced ongoing public backlash. Further investigations have found not much has improved for either marine or land animals since then.

Just weeks ago, the Ontario SPCA charged Marineland with five counts of animal cruelty related to the mistreatment of peacocks, guinea hens and black bears. This week, the organization filed six new animal cruelty charges, bringing the total up to 11.

The charges are a result of an ongoing investigation that was launched this past November, and the latest charges are related to the mistreatment of elk, red deer and fallow deer. According to the OSPCA, each of the charges are for failing to provide standard care and allowing animals to suffer in distress.

The OSPCA’s investigation was prompted by evidence collected by Last Chance for Animals (LCA). LCA had already uncovered shocking mistreatment of beluga whales at Marineland, and subsequently began gathering evidence of the mistreatment of land animals, which was turned over to the OSPCA.

According to LCA, many troubling problems related to the hundreds of deer Marineland keeps on display and on another lot away from the public, with no adequate shelter from the elements. The organization added:

Deer at Marineland were found suffering from undiagnosed injuries and infections, were visibly underweight, and were otherwise inadequately cared for. With no individual care being administered to the deer, LCA’s investigation uncovered that deer sometimes died on a daily basis. Marineland does not maintain any system to identify individual deer, nor do they keep birth or death records.  In essence, Marineland is operating a deer factory in which sick and ailing deer are left to die without consequence, only to be replaced by their continual supply of newborn deer.

A court hearing is scheduled for January 26, where Marineland could potentially be faced with the maximum penalties for these charges, including a $60,000 fine, two years in jail, and, most importantly, a lifetime ban on owning animals.

Hopefully the court will come down hard on Marineland, but whatever the outcome of the case, we can also hope the renewed attention will help discourage people from visiting facilities that confine wild animals for nothing more than our amusement and profit.

For more info on this investigation and updates, check out Last Chance for Animals.

Photo credit: Last Chance for Animals/YouTube


Marie W
Marie Wabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Laura H
Laura Harvey1 years ago

They should be charged with animal cruelty. Close them down and open more sanctuaries to help heal these animals.

Nang Hai C
Nang Hai C1 years ago


agi r
agi r.1 years ago

Causing all this cruelty!? For What???? Not only fine them, shot this place down for good. Spend the fine on turning this place into a sanctury for those that are sick or injured for the mistreatment. Free the rest that are healthy and cable of living in the wild. Do not ever let these people close to animals again!

Siyus C
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jess B
Jess B1 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Cathy B
Cathy B1 years ago

Thank you for sharing!

Doris K
Doris K1 years ago

I am so saddened and every day, I don't cry once but countless times whenever I sign petitions and whenever I read articles about animals and/or watch videos on every living being, tears never fail to stream down from my eyes because I have a very tender heart full of compassion, empathy & humanity. How I wish and how we all wish to do MORE for ALL the voiceless animals world-wide and apart from being their VOICES, please BELIEVE in the POWER of PRAYERS; and I feel this is the least I can do for them with my heart full of LOVE & CARE for them spiritually. Trust me that our prayers will be heard and lives of all the animals world-wide will be better than not praying for them at all because they need our voices to pray for them too!!! Dear caring Care2 members, thank you for listening and for supporting all the animals world-wide.

Veronica B
Veronica B1 years ago

WTF??? Shut Down This Hell On Earth!!! Retire Animals To Accredited Sanctuary!!!

Doris K
Doris K1 years ago

Please allow me to share my sentiment. All those poor animals would not have suffered and died such tragic deaths and that really breaks my heart as the video brought tears to my eyes and pains in my heart. If only, SPCA and/or Animal Control Office and/or any animal related Organizations had done a ROUTINE CHECK on places where there are animals & living beings such as bird parks, zoos, sea-worlds, pet shops, puppy mills or breeders for any living beings then sufferings & deaths of any innocent, voiceless, helpless animals & livng beings can be avoided or at least, it would HELP in some ways, wouldn't it?