In response to the latest concerns about Marineland's animals, Wilson sees the OSPCA's animal welfare charges against the park as a big win. "The charges themselves can be seen as a change in response from the OSPCA who for years has avoided any real engagement with the park," Wilson said.
Wilson added that the best outcome for Marineland's animals would be for the park's owners to be convicted of the charges and to receive the maximum penalty: a lifetime ban on owning animals, so their animals could be rehomed in a sanctuary.
"As former employees of Marineland, these charges are music to our ears," Phil Demers, a former senior marine mammal trainer at Marineland who became a whistleblower, recently said. "Despite their efforts to do harm to those of us who speak out against their cruel practices, those of us who haven't given up feel vindicated. Facts are facts, and the truth will prevail."
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