The park also keeps several land animals, including bears, bison and deer, and planned to unveil a new bird exhibit this year. "It's a yet-to-be announced 'attraction,'" Demers explained . "Marineland is hoarding them offsite until they build the exhibit. They've had the birds for a while."
This planned bird exhibit is what got Marineland in trouble.
On Friday, November 25, the Ontario SPCA (OSPCA) charged Marineland with five counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act for the mistreatment of some of its land animals, following a recent investigation into the facility.
One count is for leaving a peacock "in distress," while another is for not giving that same peacock adequate care. Two counts are for failing to comply with standards of care for the resident guinea fowls. Since the investigation is ongoing, the OSPCA told The Dodo it can't provide more details about the charges, but Demers believes that keeping the birds offsite may have a lot to do with the charges.
"I can only imagine what conditions they're subjected to," he said.