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A Beluga Dies But Cruelty Charges Still Dropped Against Marineland

| Laura Bridgeman
Topics: belugas, Captivity Industry

Canada’s Marineland dolphinarium and zoo has a long history of abusing animals. This is why it was unsurprising that a young beluga died there recently, but very surprising that abuse charges have been dropped against the facility.

On August 13, Marineland announced that Gia, a “beloved” young beluga whale, died suddenly due to a fatal blockage in her intestine. Sadly, her mother reportedly stopped nursing her shortly after her birth – something that could be a testament to the impoverished living conditions for the nearly fifty beluga whales currently living in misery at the facility.

News of Gia’s tragic death came only a few short days after a baffling announcement that Marineland has been cleared of all 11 counts of cruelty filed against them after an investigation by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The facility was charged with cruelty against peacocks, guinea hens, black bears, elk, red deer and fallow deer.

Local activists have conducted a string of protests against the park for several years.  Marineland has struck back by suing activists with a heavy hand.



What YOU Can Do:

The American Automobile Association (AAA) continues to promote discounted tickets to Marineland. We encourage you to call them and Marineland and voice your concern over Marineland’s troubling treatment of animals:



Marineland: 905-356-9565 and press 0

AAA: (800) 836-2582 and press 0



John Holer, Owner, Marineland:

AAA, Western & Central New York:


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