90 Seconds For Kiska
For those still up - in advance of our call in tomorrow we made a new video PSA featuring Kiska. Kiska is the sole survivor of the captive orca program at Marineland Canada - and the last remaining orca in captivity in Canada.
In the time it would take you to send an email, fax, or call to Federal Ocean and Fishers Minister Gail Shea she will have lapped her tank.
Please join us and fight for her release to a sea and for an end to captivity in Canada. Share this video widely - Marineland will no doubt try everything they can to get it pulled down.
Photo from Marineland Animal Defense Demonstration
NIAGARA FALLS, ON - The Ministry of the Environment has now issued the captive animal facility Marineland Canada in Niagara Falls, ON, permits to continue burials on site at the facility.
The announcement comes almost one year since the Ministry of the Environment was alerted that the park had been burying animals on site without permits. An investigation ensued and Marineland Canada was ordered to stop burials, until a full investigation and report of the environmental impacts could be made.
The burials will now continue with a legal permit and a 35 point conditional list that Marineland must meet.
In response to the new permits Marineland Canada claimed that their on site burials allows captive animals to “return to the natural ecosystem of the park.” It is absurd to claim that wild caught dolphins, Orcas and belugas - from Iceland, Russia and beyond - are part of a local ecosytem, or that any part of this process is in any way “natural.”
The lid was blown off of the burial sites last year as ex park supervisor Jim Hammond described the burial sites to the Toronto Star. Mr. Hammond’s testimony claims there are four burial pits, the two largest containing “over 1,000 animals.” That stock would include deers, dolphins, belugas, orcas, sea lions, walruses, bears and more - including the 12 Orcas who have died at Marineland Canada since 1994.
Ex-employee Jim Hammond has since been sued by the park for $1.5 Million dollars. The Toronto Star, which ran an investigative series, has also been sued. In total, 3 ex employees, 2 advocates and the main news sources covering this issue have been sued.
Marineland Canada is currently down to it’s last remaining Orca - Kiska, a wild caught Orca who is the lone survivor of the parks failed captive Orca program. Activists from all over hold onto the hope that Kiska can be removed from this park before meeting the fate of all her previous tank mates - the Marineland mass graves.
We also urge advocates to contact the Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea to push for a ban on the import of wild caught marine mammals - a move that would stop the flow of wild caught animals into captive animal parks like Marineland.
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I am extremely concerned about the conditions at the captive animal facility Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario. As you may know, the current controversy is the result of a complete legislative void in regards to captive marine mammals in Canada.
Although it is illegal to wild capture a marine mammal for display in Canada, it is still legal to import and export animals wild caught in other countries (namely Russia and Japan). This does not protect marine mammals at all. In 2001 Libby Davies (MP) introduced a private members motion urging for a closure of the wild capture loophole. That advice has never been followed through on and over that span of time many more animals have been captured, confined and died for the sole purpose of individual profit.
The concern and outrage surrounding this issue is national and it deserves a response. Only by restructuring the laws will we see change that should have come decades ago. I sincerely hope that you will consider reintroducing the guidelines of that proposed motion and support measures to transition, and end, the captive marine mammal industry.
Please keep me updated about this issue.
Peggy Oki posing for a photo in the Marineland Animal Defense bathtub that was lived in for three days by anti captivity activist Jeremy, from MAD in Niagara Falls Ontario!
Peggy is showing her support and solidarity with animals in captivity, First Nations sovereignty and #idlenomore! She is also protesting nuclear reactors! She is an inspiring activist and a proud supporter of this campaign!
Thanks so much to Peggy for coming all this way to stand with us today!
Photo by Zach Ruiter
After 3 days living in a bathtub outside Marineland in Niagara Falls Ontario, Marineland Animal Defense Organizer Jeremy, AKA: TubMan has left his tub! He did shows for audiences when they gathered, he was cold at night and hit during the day living in this contrived and cramped environment, and he relied on others to bring him the food and water he needed to live. After 3 days and two whole nights without even leaving the tub to go to the bathroom, he is now safe and sound at home.
He wanted to make sure people understood the significance of that; after 3 days he was able to quit and go home. The animals inside Marineland will not ever be able to return home without people like us stepping in, working to close this facility and every other one like it the world over, rehabilitating and/or re-homing these animals so that they can live some kind of fair life in either seaside sanctuaries or eventually after unlearning their domestication, return to their homes and families. (Which it has been documented that some captive dolphins have done! Returning years later to the same locations they were caught and rejoining their family groups.)
TubMan is no more, but Jeremy, and Marineland Animal Defense are still here and still fighting and we none of us will give up the fight for these animals.
Because living in a bathtub isn’t fun for anyone, orca or activist alike.
BREAKING: an organizer from Marineland Animal Defense has arrived on site at Marineland in Niagara Falls Ontario and will live in this bathtub for the next 3 days. There is no difference between his confinement to the tub and an orca in a tiny tank inside this facility.
Solidarity from Marineland Animal Defense for all animals held captive.
If you are in the area, please drop by and show some support! We hear they would really appreciate a warm drink and a few high fives. The tub will be on site and occupied for the entire closing weekend.
FFTA2013 kicks off with a huge bang tonight! This massive banner made of lights is up in Niagara Falls right now! Held by members of MAD to make sure that know: even though they’ve sued us, they’ve put up fences, they’ve leased land, they’ve tried everything to make us go away, we are STILL HERE. We will be here as long as the animals are and the fight for their lives is bigger and reaches so much further than the curb of the park. We have a legion of animal advocates the world over who agree that Marineland needs to SHUT DOWN and tonight we don’t just speak for ourselves, but all of you too!