NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Oct. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Marineland welcomes the announcement made by Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur today, that the Government of Ontario intends to strengthen regulations which, govern the welfare of animals in the province, and develop standards that apply to the keeping of marine mammals in Ontario. Marineland is fully supportive of the development of standards of care for all animals and the requirement for a provincial permit that would be based on inspections by professionals.
Marineland looks forward to fully cooperating with the Government in examining positive amendments to existing Ontario regulations and how they could be implemented. When the OSPCA Act was amended in 2009, CAZA (Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums), along with its Ontario Members, including Marineland had proposed its comprehensive animal care standards as the basis for Ontario requirements, and had offered its expertise in conducting inspections that would be a prerequisite for an Ontario permit for all zoos in the province.
Marineland believes that positive regulation will assist in ensuring that the health of all animals are maintained and provide a framework for appropriate professional oversight and strengthen public confidence in the care and treatment of animals in all facilities in Ontario.
Marineland remains committed to the health and care of all of its animals and welcomes this Government initiative as positive assistance to Marineland in maintaining that goal.
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Ann Marie Rondinelli