Changes will be made at Marineland
Marineland has been asked to make some changes by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
According to the Toronto Star, Marineland has been ordered to clean up its water and deal with health issues among specific animals.
The Star lists seven OSPCA orders, with five to be completed by the end of January and two that have already been met.
They include building shelters for the deer, building a structure to protect bear cubs from being killed by males in inadequate dens, bringing in a marine mammal ophthalmologist to deal with eye issues in seals, walruses and sea lions, and arranging for increased veterinary care.
Marineland was also ordered to hire an outside expert for a full assessment of its water and filtration system, and implement an environmental enrichment program for the lone killer whale, Kiska.
The Star says the information was released to them by a source, who felt the public has a right to know but asked to remain anonymous for fear of being fired.
Apparently the orders were issued months ago, but kept secret.
According to the Niagara Falls Review, Marineland released a statement Friday saying that the OSPCA found no evidence of animal abuse and no charges have been laid.
In that article, Marineland’s statement said the OSPCA issued a number of orders to Marineland, but none required immediate action.
Those orders included examining the eyes of the park’s seals and the marks on Baker, one of their sea lions.
Marineland says it will be expanding its existing deer and elk shelters to accommodate the recent increase in the size of the herds.
The OSPCA says the investigation at the Niagara Falls attraction is ongoing.