A contentious field trip planned for students at Mountain View Elementary in Ontario, Canada has been canceled thanks to one vocal and dedicated parent. When Jennifer Jamieson, the mother of a Mountain View student and a self-described animal activist, learned that her nine-year-old son was scheduled to visit the nearby theme park Marineland with his class, she promptly protested, leading the school to plan a different class trip instead.
"I am a mother [who is] truly concerned for and dedicated towards the welfare of animals," Jamieson told CBC Hamilton. "I want my children to live a compassionate lifestyle and for society to stop viewing captivity as just another social norm. ... There's nothing educational about using animals for our entertainment."
Jamieson said she's "delighted" about the school's decision not to visit Marineland, which has been criticized by animal welfare activists for allegedly mistreating animals. The park, which has denied animal abuse charges, released a statement in response to the school's cancellation, calling Mountain View's decision "a shame":