Defend animal abuse whistleblower.

$80,643 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 2,353 people in 38 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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Thank you as always for your continued support. Sadly, since the passing of Marineland's founder John Holer (an event we believed would likely end Marineland's legal pursuit), lawyer's have informed us that they intent to continue with their SLAPP lawsuit. Accordingly, I've increased the goal of this fundraising campaign to reflect the assumed additional costs. Remember: Justice delayed is justice denied.
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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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Tim McCloskey
35 months ago

I will give more when you actually steal the walrus

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Jupp Kerckerinck
35 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
37 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
37 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
16 months ago
9
9

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
37 months ago
6
6

Is there a petition to sign to get this stopped?

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Kristen Miller
38 months ago
4
4

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
10 months ago
3
3

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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Gary Zimmer
10 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
16 months ago
3
3

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
35 months ago
3
3

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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Rosslyn Picton
37 months ago
3
3

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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Janet
10 months ago
2
2

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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Paul
10 months ago
2
2

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
16 months ago
2
2

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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Nadine Hoesdorff
37 months ago
2
2

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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Marie Ann
6 months ago
1
1

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

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Jeremy
10 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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Gina Breunig Laupert
18 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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Kara McCroskey
38 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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$10
Paul Denver
1 day ago

Keep in fighting this you guys.

ML
$10
Martin Labanic
2 days ago

Fuck Marineland.

LM
$100
Lynette Masinter
3 days ago

Sorry Peta, this donation goes here! Phil, you are awesome, keep fighting.

KR
$50
Keith Recine
7 days ago

So glad to support Peter in his fight against animal abuse and hoping he and Smoochi can be reconnected.

$10
Anonymous
7 days ago
Tim McCloskey
35 months ago

I will give more when you actually steal the walrus

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Jupp Kerckerinck
35 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
37 months ago

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

+ Read More
Janet Gibson
37 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
16 months ago
9
9

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
37 months ago
6
6

Is there a petition to sign to get this stopped?

+ Read More
Kristen Miller
38 months ago
4
4

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
10 months ago
3
3

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
Gary Zimmer
10 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
16 months ago
3
3

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
35 months ago
3
3

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
Rosslyn Picton
37 months ago
3
3

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
Janet
10 months ago
2
2

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
Paul
10 months ago
2
2

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
16 months ago
2
2

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
Nadine Hoesdorff
37 months ago
2
2

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
Marie Ann
6 months ago
1
1

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

+ Read More
Jeremy
10 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
Gina Breunig Laupert
18 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
Kara McCroskey
38 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
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