All animal cruelty charges laid by the OSPCA against Marineland have been dropped by the Crown because there was no reasonable chance of conviction. In court yesterday, the Crown said it could have proceeded on three of the charges against the theme park, but did not believe that would have served the public interest. Marineland released a statement, saying the company had suffered “reputational damage” from “five years of baseless accusations by ill-informed, radical activists.” The statement also reiterated a previous statement that the OSPCA was continuing a “publicity campaign at the behest of a band of discredited activists with little relevant expertise or knowledge“. Marineland had been facing 11 animal cruelty charges relating to the treatment of the park’s land animals, including black bears, elk, red deer, fallow deer, guinea hens and a peacock.
“We are extremely disappointed in this outcome and feel that this matter is of public interest as all animals rely on humans for appropriate care for their general welfare and the public demands this,” said Alison Cross, spokesperson for the OSPCA to CBC News. She said the OSPCA had “conducted a thorough investigation in this case,” and said members of the public with concerns for the animals’ welfare should contact 310-SPCA to report any new information.
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