08.15.2012 07:50 AM

Everyone should hate Marineland

Amazing investigative reporting by Linda Diebel. A must read.

It is also long, long overdue. Those of us who work for animal protection/welfare – my firm has worked for years for the OSPCA, the Humane Society of Canada and the Humane Society of the United States, and against seal and whale hunting – detest Marineland and have been pressuring to get it shut down. We haven’t been successful.

Hopefully Linda’s reporting will finally do that. We shall see.


  1. Clive says:

    Hear, hear. For once, I am completely with you.

  2. Dan F says:

    Also, those damn annoying commercials!! Every time one comes on I suddenly have the urge to kill someone, and I’m usually a very calm person

  3. Cath says:

    I have NEVER loved Marineland. Never took my kids there and when their school had field trips there I took them out of school for that day and did something else.

    Good of you to draw attention to this column.

  4. Cath says:

    A good way to start is to discourage schools from taking students there.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    That’s quite disgusting; I don’t understand how the government allows the place to continue operating. Kudos to the reporter who has done the investigating, it sounds like its long overdue. I’ve heard a lot more about the elephant in the Edmonton Zoo than I have about this. I’ll never visit the place, but I’m not a fan of zoos in general. I can believe the staffing problem – not just staffing but finding people with compassion and common sense, animal sense. Take the animals back to the ocean – at least let them have a last look at their home.

  6. KP says:

    Wait, so all those ads I’ve been seeing on the Weather Network for the past 20 years with that awful jingle were wrong? Can I at least still love the sky-screamer?

  7. Marlowe Johnson says:

    I made the mistake of taking my 6yr daughter there a couple of weeks ago. The place hasn’t changed since I was last there 30 years ago. I wouldn’t be surprised if the recent bad (and well deserved) publicity finally puts it out of its misery.

  8. Mom says:

    Another great piece of investigative reporting by the Star. And while you are listing creatures that should not be harmed, please don’t forget about the Sharks. Toronto City Council was right to take a stand on shark fins!

    • sandra says:

      Absolutely. The practice of taking these grand animals out of the ocean, cutting their fins off and throwing them back to die in agony is so wrong. Just so someone can eat soup. When will we learn.

  9. Lib observer says:

    Warren, comparing Marineland to the seal fishery is a complete disservice to the hard working fishermen who engage in the seal fishery to make a living. It is the most humane fishery in the world, but unfortunately people like you are making the best living off it. I wonder if seals were ugly like lobsters if you would be engaged by an humane society to lobby against it. I don’t see any big lobby against the lobster fishery!!!!!!!

  10. Christian says:

    Disgusting, repulsive, abhorrant, cruel, inhumane. Whatever you want to call it this is just plain wrong. Shut it down now.

    • Tim Sullivan says:

      Only the Governor General can do that, but there will not be a new government until at least the fixed election date. Sorry.

      … oh, you mean Marineland. Nevermind.

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