More allegations of poor conditions for animals at Marineland
More allegations of poor conditions for the animals at Marineland only this time, it's the bears.
The Toronto Star has released a video of an interview with Jim Hammond, the former supervisor for Land Animal Care at the Niagara Falls amusement park.
Hammond tells The Star about an alleged incident a few years ago where bears were brought in but, despite his insistance, weren't quarantined for disease due to a lack of space. As it turned out, some of the bears had mange which quickly spread through the enclosure. Most lost their fur and others developed scabs that never went away despite treatment.
He also alleges the park didn't do enough to protect bear cubs born at the facility. Hammond says they once tried to get a couple of cubs out of the enclosure to prevent the adult male bears from attacking them. After several failed attempts, he claims he was told by park owner John Holer to just leave it and let nature take its course.
Within a few weeks, the bear cubs were gone. Hammond says it was obvious the older bears killed and ate the cubs. He says changes to the pen could've protected the cubs and it was brought to the attention of Holer but nothing ever came of it.
Hammond says all he wanted to do was make a difference by making the animals as comfortable as they could be but after 11 years, he gave up saying that just wasn't possible.
The full story will be available in Saturday's Toronto Star.