Push for Lifetime Ban on Marineland, Canada from Owning ANY Animals!
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org


Last Chance for Animals (LCA)
December 2016


Following an investigation by Last Chance for Animals, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) has charged Marineland, Canada with five counts of animal cruelty. The maximum possible penalty includes a lifetime ban on owning animals for Marineland's board of directors. Sign now to urge the OSPCA to push for this ban!

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If convicted, Marinelandís board of directors face a $60,000 fine, up to two years in jail and a lifetime ban on owning animals.

Sign the online petition: Urge the OSPCA to Push for a Ban on Marineland Owning Animals!!.

AAnd/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Ontario SPCA Provincial Office
16586 Woodbine Avenue
Stouffville, ONTARIO Canada L4A 2W3


After completing an in-depth investigation of Marinelandís marine mammals, Last Chance for Animalsí Investigations Department began gathering evidence on the treatment of the land animals at the theme park. After obtaining a substantial amount of photographs and video, LCA submitted a complaint to the Ontario SPCA that detailed our findings, including:

infected deer eye

  • A deer with a severely infected eye receiving no medical treatment;
  • Multiple fallow deer limping from undiagnosed injuries;
  • The discovery of multiple dead animals, including deer, fowl and bison, on a daily basis, which staff stored in an onsite freezer before burying them on-property;
  • Bears with chronic diarrhea;
  • Bears fed expired, moldy food on a daily basis;
  • A peacock with a severely swollen eye receiving no medical treatment;
    Pheasants and guinea fowl constantly attacking one another, resulting in
  • injury and death.


With no breeding plan in place, Marinelandís deer breed indiscriminately. Marineland has anywhere from 300-400+ captive fallow deer, with new fawns born all the time. The park has an estimated 60+ bucks on public display and another 250-350 does, yearlings, and fawns in a barren lot adjacent to owner John Holerís residence with no adequate protection from the elements. Marineland also allegedly owns approximately 50-60 adult red deer and 15+ fawns.

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, LCAís 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.


Birds at the theme park were not provided individual medical attention in a manner that prevented their suffering.

peacock tumor

A peacockís eye was discovered bulging and covered with a white membrane. This peacock never received any medical treatment for its eye infection.

LCAís evidence also shows that Marinelandís guinea fowl population was arguably overcrowded and that these birds also suffered from aggressive flock mates who would pluck the feathers from each other. Marineland failed to keep these birds in compatible social groups to ensure the general welfare of the individual animals, and failed to ensure that each animal in the group was not at risk of injury or undue stress from dominant animals of the same species.


Bears at Marineland were fed a mixture of expired and often moldy produce (with produce stickers still attached), improperly stored fish leftover from marine mammal feedings, and commercial dog food, some of which was stored alongside dead animal carcasses. The majority of the food, including previously frozen fish, was stored in unwashed and unsanitized containers.

The majority of Marinelandís bears suffered from chronic diarrhea; according to our evidence, the condition was pervasive. No medical treatment was provided to the bears for this condition.

Marinelandís 35 bears live on a miserable island surrounded by a raised public viewing platform. The existing barriers do not prevent members of the public, who can pay a fee to throw cereal at the bears, from throwing harmful foreign objects into the bearsí enclosure. In LCAís video, a bear can be seen chewing on a plastic water bottle in its enclosure. The ease in which trash and other objects were introduced into the bear enclosure raises serious concerns about the welfare and safety of the bears, as ingestion of these objects can cause illness and digestive blockages.

Animal Deaths

During the time of LCAís investigation, two dead land animals were discovered each day, and often more. Not only is this a highly unusual amount of deaths for a zoo, but Marinelandís failure to conduct any examination into the circumstances of the deaths of their deer, elk, or fowl is also an uncommon practice. By allowing these animals to breed indiscriminately, not maintaining birth or death records, and by failing to inquire into the causes of death, Marineland operates like a factory without regard to the welfare of the individual animals.

dead deer


The evidence provided by Last Chance for Animals to the OSPCA regarding the deplorable conditions at Marineland resulted in the OSPCA charging Marineland Canada Inc. with five counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.

The charges are as follows:

  • One count for permitting a peacock bird to be in distress.
  • One count for failing to comply with the prescribed standards of care for a peacock bird.
  • Two counts for failing to comply with the prescribed standards of care for guinea hens.
  • One count for failing to comply with the prescribed standards of care, including failing to provide adequate and appropriate food and water, for approximately 35 American black bears.

Further charges are pending at this time.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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