NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Jan. 26, 2016 /CNW/ - An anonymous video, allegedly taken three to four months ago, was released today by a Los Angeles based radical animal activist group in which that "group" makes a series of false allegations of criminal animal abuse against employees of Marineland.
This video follows an orchestrated phone call and Facebook attack this past Friday by another radical animal rights activist group against Marineland alleging that Kiska the killer whale had died.
Both sets of allegations are tied to efforts by radical animal rights activists to obtain signatures on their petition to the federal government regarding a private member's bill introduced by an unelected senator, which will ban all marine mammals in captivity in Canada, forcing the closure of the Vancouver Aquarium, Marineland and all other marine mammal facilities. That private member's bill died on the order paper and has now been re-introduced by that same unelected Senator.
The allegations by the Los Angeles based "group" are completely and knowingly false.
If the "group" actually believed the allegations were true it is unbelievable that they would wait almost four months to make any report to the OSPCA or anyone else of the alleged "abuse".
They make these allegations now because they are false, and they know it, and solely to promote their petition to the federal government, which this "group" has linked on its web page to the video.
In response to some of these false allegations, Marineland has posted photos of Kiska, taken yesterday. She is completely healthy and fine.
Today, video and photos have also been posted to Marineland's website of the animals depicted in the Los Angeles group's video, all of which are also healthy, thriving and fine. Please see the following link - https://www.facebook.com/MarinelandofCanada
Marineland is the most thoroughly investigated marine mammal facility in the world. All of its animals have been inspected by numerous independent scientists and experts over the last three years, including by an independent panel of three experts appointed by the Government of Ontario.
The Government of Ontario, after appointing an expert panel, reviewing the independent expert report, extensive discussions, a full public hearing, and participating in the work of a technical advisory group which included Zoocheck Canada, and other activist groups, has passed strong marine mammal regulations which apply to all the marine mammals at Marineland.
Marineland is working with the Government of Ontario to ensure the ongoing health and welfare of all its animals.
These types of grossly false allegations by a marginal and radical Los Angeles based "group" that was not involved at all in the legislative process in Ontario and also failed to participate at any point over the last four years in any investigations or discussions, are made solely for publicity reasons and are knowingly false.
All this "group" has done is make a hate-filled rant on the internet without concern for any consequences to the people who dedicate their lives to these wonderful marine mammals at Marineland and without regard for any damage they may cause to innocent people in the community of Niagara Falls.
Marineland trusts that the Canadian public will see these false allegations by this Los Angeles based "group" for what they are.
For further information: Marineland, Marketing Department, Email: [email protected], Phone: 905-356-2142