New calls for investigation in Niagara Falls waterpark after death of killer whale
Published March 13, 2023 at 10:49 am
Marine rights group Animal Justice is calling for a new investigation into Niagara Falls’ attraction MarineLand following the death of the last Orca, Kiska, on Friday (March 10).
In recent years, Kiska’s plight made global headlines as videos surfaced showing her floating listlessly in her concrete tank and at times, videos that were seen worldwide saw her bashing her body against the wall of her tank.
“While no other orca will have to suffer the cruelty of captivity in Canada again, we are demanding justice for what Kiska endured at the hands of Marineland. We are calling on provincial authorities to make public the results of a post-mortem, and prosecute Marineland for the unlawful distress Kiska clearly experienced throughout her final years.”
The charges were brought forward due to the passage of federal government’s Bill S-203 in 2019 that made it illegal for water parks to use animals, in this cases dolphins, in for-profit entertainment purposes.
MarineLand countered that its shows were for educational purposes.“Marineland of Canada Inc.’s educational presentation was designed by experts to provide Canadians with an accessible opportunity to learn about marine life,” the statement issued by the park in December 2021 read.
“Our animal presentation contains marine mammals undertaking behaviours they exhibit in ocean environments.”