Marineland is open in Niagara Falls again but people in Canada are having none of it
Marineland is open for business in Canada again and a lot of people are pretty mad about it.
The amusement park in Niagara Falls, which has long been at the centre of public controversy surrounding animal abuse allegations, is currently charging full price admission, despite the fact that most of its main attractions are closed.
According to the Marineland website, all of its rides will be off-limits to visitors as will all events at its King Waldorf Stadium.
Additionally, visitors to the park, all of who will be required to wear a mask and have their temperature checked before entering, will not be able to touch or feed the animals. Fun times.
So what exactly will be open and what do you get for your 50 bucks? Not much.
The gift shops, Penguin Palace and Hungry Bear restaurant will be accessible to visitors, as will the Polar Splash, however, social distancing will be in effect and the water slides will be off-limits.
Whistleblower and former Marineland employee, Phil Demers, who once made international headlines for his bond with a now famed walrus named Smooshi, had a few choice words for the company.
Marineland has just announced that they’re opening to the public tomorrow. Admission costs remain full but the park isn’t offering any rides or entertainment. You’re paying admission to get into an expensive restaurant and gift shop surrounded by tortured animals. Enjoy.— Phil Demers (@walruswhisperer) July 28, 2020
The park is offering visitors the opportunity to upgrade their single-day admission ticket to a Fun Card Season Pass for an additional $5, but beyond the price tag, people are just plain upset that the park remains operational at all given the widely-documented abuse allegations lodged against it.
Please don’t go to #Marineland. I knew nothing about it when I visited. It’s a barren wasteland with sick/unhappy animals fed food pellets by visitors for tricks. I cried so much. It’s horrific. They bully anyone who reveals the abuse. #BoycottMarineLand. cc @walruswhisperer https://t.co/Aix39kExvo— Dr Chris McKillop (@atscmc) July 29, 2020
Meanwhile, others called out news outlets for giving the park's reopening publicity and urged the public to educate itself about animal cruelty.
@CP24 with so many real important news, you are giving publicity to #marineland for their re-opening. People, it's 2020! Educate yourself on animal cruelty! @Bell @BellMediaPR #DontBuyAtikcet— Katy Sotomayor (@katy_sotomayor) July 29, 2020
Marineland Canada, which has been operational since the early 1960s and sees anywhere between a reported 250,000 to 500,000 visitors pass through its gates annually, seems to disagree.
"We have a strong record of providing for the welfare of our animals and will continue to prioritize their health and wellbeing as a central focus of our mission," said Marie Holer of Marineland Canada in a statement published to the company's website.
"We are proud of the positive impact we’ve had on millions of visitors over the years and the positive contribution Marineland continues to play in inspiring people to care about the animals we share the planet with."
In contrast to its popular jingle, one thing is for sure, not everyone loves Marineland.
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