NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Aug. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) and independent experts from the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) conducted a joint inspection of Marineland's marine mammals and physical facilities today.
Following their inspection, the experts from CAZA stated:
"No major issues were found."
"The cooperation of all of the staff in responding to the committee's questions and making the facility available for their inspection was excellent."
"Overall the collection's health looked very good."
The experts noted that Marineland of Canada's preventative medicine program includes regular veterinary inspections and is comprehensive. While there are some eye issues in a few animals, most are related to old age and all of these animals are under veterinary care, which includes a pain management program. CAZA experts noted, "The use of specialists in addressing these issues is commendable," and Marineland is also "participating in an active research program investigating pinniped eye diseases."
Marineland's owner, John Holer, said "We welcome everyone to visit Marineland and enjoy our park, confident in the knowledge that all of our animals are well cared for."