Defend animal abuse whistleblowers.

$26,887 of $35k goal

Raised by 787 people in 13 months

In 2012, the Toronto Star spoke with 15 former employees of Marineland Canada, revealing a wide array of animal neglect and cruelty at the family entertainment park. 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 legal assault - targeting 3 whistleblowers.

Christine Santos, former orca trainer and the woman seen kissing a beluga whale in the popular "Everyone Loves Marineland" commercial expressed concern for Canada's lone remaining orca Kiska, who had become dispondent since losing all 5 of her calves.
She has been sued for $1.5 million for "defamation".



Jim Hammond, former animal care supervisor revealed details regarding the poor treatment of bears and deer at the park, including an incident where Marineland owner John Holer shot and killed 2 Labrador mix dogs . He too is being sued for "defamation".


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. After 3 years and over $100k in legal bills, not a single of Marineland's SLAPP suits have seen a court room. Marineland's whistleblowers however, have made great strides in creating animal protection laws, and have also banned orca captivity in Ontario . The fight for Marineland's animals continues - as does the defence of the whistleblowers who have inspired this fight..

Whether you're an animal lover, social justice advocate or simply believe in freedom of speech - your support in this campaign is integral for the justice of these former employees. Much love!


                               

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Update 3
Posted by Phil Demers
9 months ago
Can't thank supporters enough for keeping us in this fight. We've surpassed $20k, which is over 50% of our stated goal. As our most recent motion dates have been adjourned, new dates are being rescheduled. We will keep you all notified on our progress, as we hope to put an end to these lawsuits. Thank you!
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Update 2
Posted by Phil Demers
11 months ago
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Amazing! We've reached 33% of our campaign's goal. We've instructed our lawyers that money is on the way, and we will be moving forward shortly. Thank you all, and especially to Joe Rogan for his support of our cause. Much love!
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Update 1
Posted by Phil Demers
12 months ago
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Thank you all for helping us reach 5000$ thus far on this legal defence campaign! Your support helps us believe that we can and will get rid of Marineland's legal assault one day. We are humbled. Much love!
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Tim McCloskey
11 months ago

I will give more when you actually steal the walrus

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Phil Demers
13 months ago
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All proceeds go directly to lawyer and court costs, the sum of which is already over $100k.

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Jupp Kerckerinck
11 months ago
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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.

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William Percival
11 months ago
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Hey are you selling those tee shirts that you showed on jre? Seems like an opportunity gain some extra support. plus I would love to rep my support on the daily.

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Janet Gibson
13 months ago
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I have refused to go to Marineland for a long time. Can't stand the thought of these wonderful creatures in captivity.

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Kara McCroskey
13 months ago
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Just curious, the funds collected here are going toward paying the lawsuits you (Christine Santos, Jim Hammond, and Philip Demers) have received, correct?

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Kristen Miller
13 months ago
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HA fat chance. Trudeau is a dog wearing, seal wearing, supporter of the seal hunt...oh yeah, and he is pro C51, defends the pipelines, and is a champion of the tar sands... ugh.. I just don't feel like there will be any progres

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Troy Boutilette
13 months ago
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im part Canadian and this along with the seal hunts must stop now!!!!!!!!!!!!! new prime minister, [old one was an ass], new day hopefully.

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Nadine Hoesdorff
12 months ago

Really sad. All marineland's should be closed. Disgusting and sad what they are doing there. And they should be animal lovers? They just look for profit.

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Mandy Smith Howard
13 months ago

Is there a petition to sign to get this stopped?

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Rosslyn Picton
13 months ago

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!!!

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Charlene A Craig
13 months ago

Even in poorer countries such as Dominican there oean life animals have better. Are and treatment. Canada should be ashamed that u to those who speak for the animals as they cannot. They r defenseless

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Anne-Marie Amg
13 months ago

Canada should be ashamed making something like this possible.

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Lynn Gagnon
13 months ago

I sent an email to Ministry and this is the info I received, Are there any current caretakers that could file request for release? Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) mandate includes the conservation and protection of Canada’s wild marine mammals as set out in the Marine Mammal Regulations (MMR). The release of a marine mammal that has been held in captivity would require a Release Licence. A Release Licence is required to ensure that the risk of disease transmission from the captured animal to wild populations is negligible. It is the responsibility of the animal’s caretaker to request this type of authorization. To learn more about the steps that DFO is taking for the conservation and protection of wild marine mammals in Canada, I encourage you to visit the Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles page on our website at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/mammals-mammiferes/index-eng.htm, where you will find up-to-date information on related management topics. Regards, Melissa Melissa S Landry B.Sc, M.M.M. Senior Officer | Marine Mammals / Species at Risk (NCR) Agente Principale | Mammifères Marins / Espèces en Péril (RCN) National Fisheries Policy - Oceans & Fisheries Policy - Ecosystems & Fisheries Management Politiques nationales halieutiques - Politiques des Océans et des Pèches - Gestion des écosystèmes et des pêches Fisheries and Oceans Canada / Pêches et Océans Canada 200 Kent Street | 200 rue Kent, Ottawa (ON) K1A 0E6 Tel: (613)-852-5619

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$26,887 of $35k goal

Raised by 787 people in 13 months
Created October 13, 2015
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Thank you for speaking up for those that cannot speak or protect themselves!!

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Tim McCloskey
11 months ago

I will give more when you actually steal the walrus

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Phil Demers
13 months ago
5
5

All proceeds go directly to lawyer and court costs, the sum of which is already over $100k.

+ Read More
Jupp Kerckerinck
11 months ago
4
4

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.

+ Read More
William Percival
11 months ago
1
1

Hey are you selling those tee shirts that you showed on jre? Seems like an opportunity gain some extra support. plus I would love to rep my support on the daily.

+ Read More
Janet Gibson
13 months ago
1
1

I have refused to go to Marineland for a long time. Can't stand the thought of these wonderful creatures in captivity.

+ Read More
Kara McCroskey
13 months ago
1
1

Just curious, the funds collected here are going toward paying the lawsuits you (Christine Santos, Jim Hammond, and Philip Demers) have received, correct?

+ Read More
Kristen Miller
13 months ago
1
1

HA fat chance. Trudeau is a dog wearing, seal wearing, supporter of the seal hunt...oh yeah, and he is pro C51, defends the pipelines, and is a champion of the tar sands... ugh.. I just don't feel like there will be any progres

+ Read More
Troy Boutilette
13 months ago
1
1

im part Canadian and this along with the seal hunts must stop now!!!!!!!!!!!!! new prime minister, [old one was an ass], new day hopefully.

+ Read More
Nadine Hoesdorff
12 months ago

Really sad. All marineland's should be closed. Disgusting and sad what they are doing there. And they should be animal lovers? They just look for profit.

+ Read More
Mandy Smith Howard
13 months ago

Is there a petition to sign to get this stopped?

+ Read More
Rosslyn Picton
13 months ago

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!!!

+ Read More
Charlene A Craig
13 months ago

Even in poorer countries such as Dominican there oean life animals have better. Are and treatment. Canada should be ashamed that u to those who speak for the animals as they cannot. They r defenseless

+ Read More
Anne-Marie Amg
13 months ago

Canada should be ashamed making something like this possible.

+ Read More
Lynn Gagnon
13 months ago

I sent an email to Ministry and this is the info I received, Are there any current caretakers that could file request for release? Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) mandate includes the conservation and protection of Canada’s wild marine mammals as set out in the Marine Mammal Regulations (MMR). The release of a marine mammal that has been held in captivity would require a Release Licence. A Release Licence is required to ensure that the risk of disease transmission from the captured animal to wild populations is negligible. It is the responsibility of the animal’s caretaker to request this type of authorization. To learn more about the steps that DFO is taking for the conservation and protection of wild marine mammals in Canada, I encourage you to visit the Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles page on our website at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/mammals-mammiferes/index-eng.htm, where you will find up-to-date information on related management topics. Regards, Melissa Melissa S Landry B.Sc, M.M.M. Senior Officer | Marine Mammals / Species at Risk (NCR) Agente Principale | Mammifères Marins / Espèces en Péril (RCN) National Fisheries Policy - Oceans & Fisheries Policy - Ecosystems & Fisheries Management Politiques nationales halieutiques - Politiques des Océans et des Pèches - Gestion des écosystèmes et des pêches Fisheries and Oceans Canada / Pêches et Océans Canada 200 Kent Street | 200 rue Kent, Ottawa (ON) K1A 0E6 Tel: (613)-852-5619

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