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Despite concerns about animal welfare, Marineland Canada announces its season opening

Published May 2, 2024 at 4:00am

Marineland Canada has announced its plan to reopen for the 2024 season, maintaining beluga displays while discontinuing other animal exhibits. Despite hints of a shift, the move falls short of a full transition.

Concerns persist over beluga welfare in 'Friendship Cove,' especially following recent animal neglect charges. Questions loom over a potential sale, raising uncertainties about future ownership and animal care. Suspicious deaths of multiple marine mammals since 2019 and a recent animal welfare violation further highlight the need for improved standards. Weak enforcement in Ontario exacerbates accountability issues across similar facilities.