Defend animal abuse whistleblower.
In 2012, the Toronto Star investigated Marineland Canada , speaking with many former employees who revealed a wide array of animal neglect, abuse and cruelty at North America's now infamous zoo. Most spoke on the condition of anonimity for fear of legal reprisal, however some bravely elected to reveal their identities. Shortly thereafter, Marineland launched a series of legal assaults and intimidation tactics - threatening and suing media and whistleblowers alike in an attempt to silence the truth.
Philip Demers, former head trainer of Marineland's stadium show revealed details of water quality issues, short staffing and several incidents of animal neglect/cruelty. The deteriorating health of Smooshi the walrus inspired his decision to speak. He is being sued for "plotting to steal a walrus ", a spurious claim to say the least.
The lawsuits are known as SLAPP suits - Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation - and serve only to silence critics and stifle debate around public interest issues. They aren't designed to see a courtroom, as few defendants can afford the lengthy and costly process.
Despite Marineland's abusive assaults, Phil continues his advocacy for Marineland's animals. Orca captivity has been banned in Ontario , new standards of care and animal protection regulations take effect in May of 2018 and Canada is moving to ban dolphin, whale and porpoise captivity nationally.
Whether you're an animal lover, truth advocate or simply believe in freedom of speech - your support in this campaign is integral for the justice of Marineland's animals, and those who continue to sacrifice and fight to be their voice.
We cannot let Marineland get away with this!
Please support the good fight today!
This past November I had the rare opportunity to swim with wild Orcas in Norway. It was a pleasure to see free Orcas in the water. There were hundreds of them because it is herring season. Looking at them swimming, catching herrings and swimming long distances, made it even more clear to all of us, that Orcas, dolfins and all marine mammals, are not suited to be forced to live in such little enclosures. The way Orcas and dolfins are forced to do tricks, and the way they have to live in little tanks and eat dead fish, is the worst kind of animal abuse that I know. These "abusement parks" must be closed.
We had hopes our priminister were compassionate human being I see we are mistaken maybe if there is a photo opportunity or a good selfie he might go to this horrible places, Marineland, roadside zoos , etc and take a stand, close them down and send the animal abusers to jail
What a better day than Valentine's Day to share the love of all of God's creatures. This is a sad but unfortunate truth today about one man against big corporation but speaking out when cruility is afflicted upon the innocence of God's precious animals. Thank you, Phil for the bravery to stand up against the evilness of the times in which we live.
Why would Marineland try so hard to defend themselves against mistreatment of these beautiful creatures. Why would they NOT want the best for the animals in their care. Personally, I would like to see this "amusement" park and others like it shut down for good. I have absolutely NO interest in paying to see creatures that SHOULD only be seen in their natural habitat do tricks for my (so called) entertainment. When I see the ads come on TV, I turn the channel as I find them disturbing. Do these trainers and the owner of this facility not have a conscience!!!
being an activist myself and seeing the amazing turnout at the opening day demo, i truly hope that canada passes the bill to outright ban whale, dolphin and porpoise captivity. and i hope that Phil and Smooshi can reunite. as a kid, i loved marineland. i didn't know any better. as a kid, you believe when you're told that the animals are cared for. then, you grow up and realize that something just isn't right. i went back after a decade, when i got tickets for mine and my son's bday. i was disgusted. for more reasons than one. i feel that anyone who defends ML after seeing the images and hearing the stories, refuses to take the blinders off. cause once you admit something is up, it becomes real. and people don't wanna admit that they've been led to believe a lie. #EmptyTheTanks