CAZA clears Marineland
The Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums says no major issues have been found at Marineland.
The Niagara Falls tourism attraction has been under scrutiny after a number of former employees came forward claiming the quality of the water at the amusement park was risking the health of the animals.
CAZA sent in a team of inspectors in August. CAZA spokesperson Bill Peters tells 610 CKTB News that the inspectors took a good look at the pools, animals and staffing levels and says they came away with a postive view of what they had seen.
"The water quality was very good, the health of the animals looked fine and it was clear there was adequate veterinary and other staff care for the animals."
The only problem found was as issue with the maintenance of the water management system. It was determined in some instances the water quality was not within the accepted industry standard. CAZA has recommended Marineland bring in an outside party to inspect the system.
"They have agreed to undertake an independent assessment of their water management systems and to share the results with us," says Peters.
He adds the park has agreed to additional, unannounced CAZA inspections in the future.
Marineland has issued a statement about the CAZA report, saying it has always welcomed and been fully supportive of the investigation. It adds the way these issues were raised through the media was "difficult and personally upsetting" for many at the park and the public, its primary concern "cotinues to be providing a safe and healthy environment" for its animals.
Former Marineland trainer Phil Demers says he's not all that surprised by the CAZA report, calling it an attempt to appease everybody. He says it only furthers his resolve to continue the fight.
"This is what I've been anticipating from the get go. Ontario has a far greater problem than people are prepared to recognize."
He says there's far too much evidence out there highlighting what he alleges is the abuse of the animals at Marineland and can't believe CAZA has glossed over it.
The Ontario SPCA also issued a statement today, reminding the public that its investigation in to Marineland is ongoing. It notes it has "identified some areas of concern where certain deficiencies exist" and that it's addressing those concerns but doesn't go in to specifics.