Published August 16, 2012 | 1:01 pm
A former Marineland trainer is claiming he witnessed some of the animals endure horrendous suffering during his time at the amusement park, while on the other hand, the amusement park has rubbished the allegations.
Former tariner Phil Demers told CTV’s Canada AM on Thursday that he had no choice but to leave the Niagara Falls, Ont. attraction this spring after little was being done to solve ongoing problems with the park’s water.
“The dolphins, their skin was literally falling off, flaking off, eyes clutched shut. The sea lions, bone dry on deck, lethargic, really not responding, no appetite whatsoever. You could see their spirit had been broken,” Demers said.
The matter was highlighted by Toronto Star. Demers alleged that some of the animals have gone blind due to poor water conditions, while some animals are locked in waterless pens for days.
John Holer, owner of Marineland, denied those allegations. He told the Star in an interview that “We take care of the animals — better than I would take care of myself.”