I realize that I have not been very good at providing updates on my situation since GFM pulled down the last one so let's try to get everyone up to speed on Marineland's fuckery.
When Marineland launched their $1.5 million dollar lawsuit against me they'd hoped I would stop opposition to their abusive business and go away. That didn't happen. Since the litigation began with them I have been involved with many successful events designed to educate the public about Marineland, their history and the captivity industry in general. I've participated in demonstrations, talks, petitions, film screenings, meetings with politicians, leafletings, school visits, interviews and more. I've written articles which included research on the facility and leveraged traditional media as well as social media at every opportunity to get the truth out about Marineland.
I never backed away from demonstrating outside the facility or handing out leaflets to the public. Because I refused to back off Marineland went to court again and got a temporary injunction order essentially restraining me from certain activities such as using a megaphone while demonstrating as well as some other vague restrictions. Concurrent to this Marineland worked out a deal with the city of Niagara Falls to lease land used by demonstrators which essentially blocked us from access to the public and passing them information about the facility.
I went to court in June of 2014, at my own cost to have the injunction order tossed out. At this time Marineland sought to have the injunction order expanded in scope to include any and all demonstrators as well as attempting to add further restrictions on myself and others. They sought to restrict what kind of words we could use on our signage and how we could refer to Marineland or its owner John Holer which is a clear violation of free speech. I fought Marineland on this and won. My injunction order was not tossed out however it was modified to my satisfaction and many of the ridiculous restrictions were dropped. Most importantly I helped to retain the rights of anyone to call what Marineland does, Animal Abuse.
The downside of facing Marineland in court over this injunction was I opened myself up to court costs, not only my own but the Justice awarded Marineland a cost award of $10,000 of which I was given 30 days to pay. Despite paying Marineland a substantial amount of money in a short period of time they have now moved to garnish my wages until they receive all of their 'award'.
Marineland continues to threaten and harass me with letters and threats of motions of contempt each and every time I speak out against the park or its practises. They've threatened people in the media each time they write about Marineland and have since launched lawsuits against two journalists.
In order to further face them in court and properly defend against their $1.5 million SLAPP suit it requires constant energy and financial resources. In a civil lawsuit there are legal costs that are incurred by both sides and Marineland has almost limitless resources to ensure this drags out for a long as possible costing much to defend. It is my intent to hold Marineland and its owner John Holer accountable in a courtroom but this requires support from everyone who desires the same.
So to everyone who has been there since day one, thank you. For those that continue to support and help my defense, thank you. As I prepare my defense now is a crucial time where I need all the support we can muster. Please get the word out about this fundraising to new and caring people that might be able to help. The tide of public opinion is turning against Marineland and other similar facilities, it's time to face them in court but I need your help.
Marineland Canada is a notorious captive marine mammal park located in Niagara Falls Ontario Canada. It has one of the worst records in the world for deaths of orcas, dolphins and beluga whales. Details of animal abuse and neglect were brought forward by 15 employees in 2012 in a widely published expose in the Toronto Star newspaper. Marineland has a 50 year history of systematic abuse of animals, people, the environment and the legal and political systems.
I've been served with a 1.5 million dollar lawsuit by Marineland. Their suit follows several weeks of me standing on public property and offering leaflets to people exiting. At the very beginning of this peaceful action of public protest the owner of Marineland John Holer, was captured on video threatening me with violence in an attempt to intimidate me from exercising my fundamental freedoms guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
During these leafleting actions the Niagara Regional Police have been called on several occasions by Marineland and have observed my presence outside the park. At no time have I ever been subject to a criminal investigation, ticket, arrest or detention due to my opposition to Marineland. I have never received an order from any member of the police to halt my actions.
In their claim against me Marineland has made numerous false and unproven accusations about my activities near the park. Along with monetary damages they seek to limit my abilities to engage in peaceful and legal opposition against Marineland.
Marineland is a giant corporation with limitless resources to engage and entangle me in frivolous and lengthy litigation. They seek to not only crush my opposition to the park but any other person in the future who would consider standing up against them and also expressing their rights of freedom of speech.
I am one average citizen who has taken up a fight against Marineland and I need your help in this battle. If they can successfully sue me into shutting up and staying away then they can and will do this to anyone. I need your help to retain proper and competent representation in order to fight this bully on behalf of all of us. As you probably know legal representation is very expensive and is certainly beyond my family's means.
For everyone who believes this is a just cause, please help me by donating whatever you can and sharing this appeal. Thank you so much for all your support.
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