Former Marineland Staffers Deliver Animal Rights Petition
Everyone does not love Marineland.
In fact, around 76,000 people have signed a petition demanding stricter animal rights laws in the province after allegations that animals were poorly cared for at the park.
Former Marineland staff members are calling on the province for help.
Ex-trainer Phil Demers says when he thinks about what's happening to the animals it breaks his heart. Demers says he had to quit his job because there was so much evidence the park had failed to care for the animals, he felt there was nothing he could do by working there anymore.
Another former trainer, Jim Hammond says he saw horrific things, noting small cages and aquariums for the animals was just scratching the surface.
Hammond alleges humane societies call the park ahead of time to say when they're coming, giving Marineland time to prepare for an inspection. He says the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) has Marineland as a paying member and may not want to be too harsh on them to jeopardize receiving that membership fee.
Both Demers and Hammond say they feel as though by speaking up about this, they are still looking out for the animals' best interests without receiving a paycheque.
NDP MPP Cheri Dinovo says while they wait for the OSPCA report on the matter, she doesn't believe it will do anything, underlining new regulations need to be put into place instead of relying on reports.
She'll be presenting the petition to the legislature when it sits on Thursday.
The premier says he's waiting to hear from the OSPCA on its investigation into Marineland before the province gets the ball rolling on stricter animal rights laws.
Dalton McGuinty says waiting would be the responsible thing to do.
McGuinty says he wants to see what recommendations stem from the investigation and see what the province can do.
Meantime, PC leader Tim Hudak says it looks like the OSPCA and other animal rights groups have the job covered. Hudak says he thinks the number one focus for Queen's Park right now should be the economy.