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Marineland Charged With Five Counts Of Animal Cruelty

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Ontario, Canada  (OSPCA) has charged Marineland with five counts of animal cruelty. The popular Niagara Falls attraction is facing charges of cruelty against peacocks, guinea hens and black bears.

The organization has been investigating the reports of animal cruelty since early November. Although no animals have been removed, the organization does have the right to do so if any of these conditions are proven:

  1. The animal is in immediate distress.
  2. A veterinarian has recommended the removal of the animal to ensure the animal gets the care it needs.
  3. OSPCA Act orders were issued but not complied with.

This photo of Marineland is courtesy of TripAdvisor

North American Black Bears at Marineland, Ontario.Jo-Ann McArthur

According to a statement from Marineland, one peacock "had an issue with its eye" and the guinea hen enclosure was deemed too small. There is concern that the black bears are consuming food labels that have not been properly removed from their fruit and vegetables.

If a conviction is laid, penalties include a $60,000 fine, two years of jail time and a lifetime ban on animal ownership, said OSPCA media spokesperson, Alison Cross.

Do you think they should be convicted? Would you visit an amusement park like this one? Let us know in the comments below!

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