Petition demanding laws to protect zoo and aquarium animals delivered to Queens Park
Some former employees of Marineland in Niagara Falls are urging the Ontario government to take immediate action to regulate zoos.
Phil Demers, a former animal trainer at Marineland, delivered a petition to the legislature with 77,000 signatures asking the province to develop laws to protect animals in zoos and aquariums.
Demers says even though he's no longer getting a paycheque from Marineland, he still wants to protect the animals from poor conditions.
He says his heart is still breaking after watching dolphins swimming with their eyes squeezed shut because their water filtration system had broken down and was not repaired.
Jim Hammond says he quit after 11 years at Marineland because he could no longer bear to see animals not being properly cared for and housed in inappropriate settings.
Zoocheck Canada says anyone can open a zoo or aquarium in Ontario without facing regulations or standards to protect the animals or the staff.
It says zoos can even import tigers or cobras into the province without any permits.