Defend animal abuse whistleblower.

$72,035 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 2,099 people in 30 months

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!

                               

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UPDATE: Please watch this mini-documentary about Smooshi the walrus and former trainer Phil Demers before Marineland sues to have it removed!
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Can't thank supporters enough for keeping us in this fight. We've surpassed $20k, which is over 50% of our stated goal. As our most recent motion dates have been adjourned, new dates are being rescheduled. We will keep you all notified on our progress, as we hope to put an end to these lawsuits. Thank you!
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Amazing! We've reached 33% of our campaign's goal. We've instructed our lawyers that money is on the way, and we will be moving forward shortly. Thank you all, and especially to Joe Rogan for his support of our cause. Much love!
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Thank you all for helping us reach 5000$ 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
28 months ago

I will give more when you actually steal the walrus

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Jupp Kerckerinck
28 months ago

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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Phil Demers
30 months ago

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

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Janet Gibson
30 months ago

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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Rebecca D. Henderson
8 months ago
5
5

Hi, You all amaze me. I can't express how much your group impresses me. Unfortunatly I can not donate no matter how much I want to. I'm disabled and live on a strict budget so I honestly can't help financially but you'll be in my heart. Keep up the good fight. Be proud. Be confident. Be strong. Best of luck & God Bless.

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Mandy Smith Howard
30 months ago
4
4

Is there a petition to sign to get this stopped?

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Gary Zimmer
2 months ago
3
3

I posted a link to Marineland's facebook page of the joe rogan podcast they deleted it and i can no longer comment on there page as many ppl as possible should link the podcast so other ppl and marineland can see that everybody is aware of there abuse

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Alex Litman
8 months ago
2
2

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

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William Percival
28 months ago
2
2

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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Kristen Miller
30 months ago
2
2

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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Janet
2 months ago
1
1

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.

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Janet
2 months ago
1
1

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.

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Jeremy
2 months ago
1
1

i really need some help with my mission trip fund, if anyone could donate anything that would help a lot. thank you.

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Paul
2 months ago
1
1

The understanding that we are just participants in this experience and not the reason is an elusive understanding for humans. Your work (Phil) is awesome and brutal. Your strength is unbelievable! If you need a break you're always welcome to break in Boise. Paul

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Alex Litman
8 months ago
1
1

That' s how "fair and just" the system is covering up for the powerful and well established and ruining the vulnerable: animals , abused kids, brave employees . How many charges have been dropped against criminals? Marine land is one example

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Gina Breunig Laupert
10 months ago
1
1

HSI Canada is being notified via the US office. Chances are you have already contacted them but, couldn't hurt coming from US office too!

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Nadine Hoesdorff
29 months ago
1
1

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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Rosslyn Picton
30 months ago
1
1

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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Kara McCroskey
30 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?

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Troy Boutilette
30 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.

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$25
Shannon White
1 hour ago

Your fight against Marineland is crucial! The slavery and mistreatment of animals is disgusting and cruel and in my opinion no different than the slavery of man. Thank you for doing what you are doing!

AH
$20
Allan Hanratty
5 hours ago

Keep up the good work man

DM
$20
David maxwell
10 days ago

I saw blackfish upon its release and swore never to go there or support thier operation, or any like it, ever. I came across your cause via your joe Rogan podcast appearance, you're a true fighter and I wish you the best in saving these beautiful and intelligent beings. Keep fighting the good fight!

SG
$100
Stacy Gura
14 days ago

Can’t wait for you to reunite with Smooshi! Keep fighting!

$5
Anonymous
14 days ago
Tim McCloskey
28 months ago

I will give more when you actually steal the walrus

+ Read More
Jupp Kerckerinck
28 months ago

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
Phil Demers
30 months ago

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

+ Read More
Janet Gibson
30 months ago

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

+ Read More
Rebecca D. Henderson
8 months ago
5
5

Hi, You all amaze me. I can't express how much your group impresses me. Unfortunatly I can not donate no matter how much I want to. I'm disabled and live on a strict budget so I honestly can't help financially but you'll be in my heart. Keep up the good fight. Be proud. Be confident. Be strong. Best of luck & God Bless.

+ Read More
Mandy Smith Howard
30 months ago
4
4

Is there a petition to sign to get this stopped?

+ Read More
Gary Zimmer
2 months ago
3
3

I posted a link to Marineland's facebook page of the joe rogan podcast they deleted it and i can no longer comment on there page as many ppl as possible should link the podcast so other ppl and marineland can see that everybody is aware of there abuse

+ Read More
Alex Litman
8 months ago
2
2

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

+ Read More
William Percival
28 months ago
2
2

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
Kristen Miller
30 months ago
2
2

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
Janet
2 months ago
1
1

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.

+ Read More
Janet
2 months ago
1
1

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.

+ Read More
Jeremy
2 months ago
1
1

i really need some help with my mission trip fund, if anyone could donate anything that would help a lot. thank you.

+ Read More
Paul
2 months ago
1
1

The understanding that we are just participants in this experience and not the reason is an elusive understanding for humans. Your work (Phil) is awesome and brutal. Your strength is unbelievable! If you need a break you're always welcome to break in Boise. Paul

+ Read More
Alex Litman
8 months ago
1
1

That' s how "fair and just" the system is covering up for the powerful and well established and ruining the vulnerable: animals , abused kids, brave employees . How many charges have been dropped against criminals? Marine land is one example

+ Read More
Gina Breunig Laupert
10 months ago
1
1

HSI Canada is being notified via the US office. Chances are you have already contacted them but, couldn't hurt coming from US office too!

+ Read More
Nadine Hoesdorff
29 months ago
1
1

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
Rosslyn Picton
30 months ago
1
1

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
Kara McCroskey
30 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
Troy Boutilette
30 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
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