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maliathemighty:

voicesofthedistantsea:

maliathemighty — the above account matches the information I gave you, and I’ve never seen nor spoken to this person before. Like I said, people who live there? They despise this facility because it’s a piece of shit and the animals are abused in the most literal sense. Even I said that it doesn’t matter if you’re a pro cap or an anti cap. That point is irreverent. This is not about the captivity debate. This is you protecting one of the worst zoo settings imaginable, where animals are starved and hurt. You understand this, yes? You are supporting animal abuse. You are supporting starving animals and beaten, tumor-ridden deer. You are supporting such high level of chlorine that the eyes of the animals are irritated and pussy and gross. You are supporting the park owner shooting the deer for fun. The man is insane, do you understand this? or will you ignore these facts and hid behind your false sources? People who have actually been there are telling you it is shit. 

ok so sit the fuck down and tell me the following is a normal eye

http://www.nonhumanrightsproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/baker-marineland-blind-081612.jpg

Look how normal that is! Not melted out at all. You thought I was exaggerating about the chlorine melting their eyes? Well I wasn’t.

You pretend these issues are not fact. You hide in your ignorance. Your blindness to their suffering is pride. You will not admit you are wrong because you feel some sense of accomplishment for ‘winning’. This is not up for debate because in this case there is a CLEAR LINE of right and wrong and you are wrong. Ignorance must be bliss for you.

And I had no idea about the deer before the person above me mentioned the deer were starving. I looked into it- I can confirm this. It was in the local newspaper for the facility as well:

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http://voiceofniagara.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/deer-open-sore.jpg

http://voiceofniagara.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/deer-growths.jpg

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Are these animals really healthy, Malia? REALLY? could you look someone in the eye and 100% honestly say these animals are healthy and well cared for?

'NIAGARA FALLS, ONT.—After an extensive Toronto Star investigation into the treatment of sea life at Marineland , serious allegations are now being levelled about the diet and conditions of its land animals.

Casual brutality when animals need to be put down is common and substandard enclosures are prevalent, according to Jim Hammond, the former land animal care supervisor at the facility who resigned last year.

It was the death of a little Red deer in the summer of 2010 that was the final straw for Hammond at Marineland. The deer’s foreleg was badly broken, with the bone sticking out, and it had to be killed. Hammond accepted that, but it was how the deer died he’ll never forget.

Hammond, an 11-year veteran at the sprawling facility, begged owner John Holer to bring in a vet to euthanize the animal. He says Holer refused, instead taking out his 12-gauge shotgun, shooting the deer and then driving off. But the wounded animal didn’t die.

“He was twitching quite a bit and his head would flop up and down,” Hammond recalled. The deer had been shot through the windpipe and was gasping for air.

He called Holer at home to say the deer was still alive and asked if he could call the vet to “do it right” or would Holer come back. According to Hammond, Holer refused, telling him: “I just got back to the house and got sitting down … You’ve got a knife in the back of the wagon.”

Hammond acted reluctantly.

“I don’t want to dramatize it, but when you do that to an animal, you remember it,” said Hammond, a big guy who clasped his hands and stared bleakly at the floor. “And it was a dull knife … If you take a dull knife across hair, it’s very hard to cut. It was like trying to cut into concrete. And you’re there not for a few seconds, it’s a few minutes.”

He paused and struggled to speak. “I’m ashamed.”

The water quality is so bad the seals and sea lions and walruses and so on could not be allowed to remain in the water AT ALL. NO WATER. NO SWIMMING. animals designed to spend the majority of their lives in water were deprived of it because the owner uses too much chlorine- to cover the smell of the tanks which are not cleaned and smell to high heaven.

http://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/news/canada/2012/08/15/marineland_log_details_reveal_water_quality_issues/sandy_andbaker.jpeg.size.xxlarge.letterbox.jpeg

This is Sandy and Baker. All they had was a tiny bucket of water in the corner of this cell, which they neurotically shove their faces in to relieve the burning of their eyes. one or both of these animals is blind now, or dead.

Recalling the condition of Seal Lions Baker and Sander, he said that they could not even train them to open their eyes as ‘the damage was so extensive that when we finally saw it, it was just grotesque.’

He told how the trainers would pull the animals out of the water to dry conditions to try and alleviate the damage but said as a consequence not having access to fresh water also proved to be harmful for the animals.

'Baker was writhing in pain, constantly shaking erratically, clutching his eyes shut,' he said.

He explained that Sandy did not move for weeks on end and to try and gain a monetary respite from the agony, Baker would constantly put his head into a bucket of fresh water.

Mr Demers told how he eventually removed Baker from the dry environment, because he was concerned about his health.

'He actually barked and his eyeball lens had projected from his eye socket an landed on the floor, streams of blood was coming from his eye.'

He said that now Baker swims in circles repeatedly, ‘with no real agenda.’

Mr Demers’ disturbing claims have been backed up by seven other former Marineland staffers who also gave disturbing accounts to the newspaper.

Since the interview was published by the Toronto Star, many people have demanded for the closure of the privately owned facility which charges adult visitors $48.53 a ticket and children $35.95.

Zoocheck Canada has called on the federal and provincial governments to step in and shut down Marineland.

http://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/news/canada/2012/08/15/marineland_animals_suffering_former_staffers_say/larry.jpeg

This is Larry, a harbor seal. Note his eye are also burnt out, no water for him either. You are willing to tell me this is not cruelty? will you ignore this evidence as themidnightclub said you did before? probably. You hold onto some vain hope that we’re wrong.

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The back rooms here are like hell for forgotten animals. Like Junior, the little orca that suffered here for 13 years. They deny he existed at all, even though we have videos and photos of him here.

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and yes, I’m going to show the seal again until you aknowledge that it is not healthy:

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BdF0h7NCAAAxh3K.jpg

swallow your pride and use the brain you were graced with. This isn’t a captivity debate. This is a cruelty case. They would send this owner to prison in the USA for less than I’ve shown here!

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Horrifying: 'The water had gotten so bad it was green, it was harming the animals, it smelled bad and it made the people who worked in this environment ill as well,' said Mr Demers

'The water had gotten so bad it was green, it was harming the animals, it smelled bad and it made the people who worked in this environment ill as well,' he told the Toronto Star.

'The chemicals we were using to try to maintain the water were really harming the animals.'

In revelations that have outraged animal right’s activists, he said the he saw the dolphin’s skin was flaking off, and that they could not open their eyes.’

not even SeaWorld will deal with these people! They REMOVED an orca from here because of the mistreatment!

Speaking of orcas, Kiska’s dorsal fin is also suffering from the poor water quality!

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http://seaworldpledge.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/mass-graves-marineland.png

We are the voices of the animals. We will continue to educate people where cruelty is found. We speak for the animals because they cannot speak for themselves any clearer than they already have.

I’d like to apologize for not replying to your previous posts. I meant to, but I had to deal with some personal matters earlier. Anyway, it worked out because you make fantastic points in this post. You provide compelling evidence. Unless someone wants to take a stab at this post, I’m leaning towards anti marineland at this point.

Sigh, same stuff over and over again. I removed most of this thread, just because it takes up alot of space and i feel bad for my followers. 

First and foremost, back to the walrus eye thing… just because its protruding and red does not mean the animal is stressed. It could be anything from excitement, at attention, sunlight, temperature, but we don’t know, and just because the norm now a days is “MarineLand lets just cut to the chase and smother the subject in abuse” doesn’t mean it actually is. (Seeing that Sonja is performing in a show (where she has to be at attention), and she is out in the sunlight… chances are its that, but once again we don’t know). 

However both protrusion and, bloodshot eyes are normal, depending on whatever environmental factor is causing the walrus to do so. It only becomes a problem when their eyes are constantly bulging, as retraction helps keep their eyes warm, and functional. 

Anyway

You are supporting such high level of chlorine that the eyes of the animals are irritated and pussy and gross.”

MarineLand uses ozone filtration not chlorine, just like any other marine park. This is why there is so much algae in the pools, because ozone, does not kill algae, chlorine is the only way to kill algae. MarineLand just like SW vacuums up all of the algae once it becomes overly excessive. As can be seen in this post (Note it’s the trainer in the water with the whales). Now that you know of some of the work going on with our land animals, let’s cool off with a swim with our dolphins. As you watch the dolphins racing, jumping and playing, take a moment to observe the current in the pool. That current is there because of the large filtration system that helps keep the water clean and germ-free. Here at Marineland, we use ozone to maintain a high level of water quality for our marine mammals - without the high residual chlorine levels that were required in the past. The advantage of ozone disinfection as compared to chlorine disinfection is multiple. Ozone is a colourless gas that is formed by passing oxygen through an electric field. The rate and efficiency of ozone production is affected by many variables such as air flow, percent of oxygen in gas feed, dew point of gas feed, air pressure, cooling water temperature, voltage and frequency applied to electrodes. Ozone is a more effective disinfectant than chlorine and removes viruses and lowers the colour and turbidity. Ozone also removes suspended solids. Unlike chlorine, ozone does not change the pH of the water, nor does it react with the remaining organics in the water to form carcinogenic trihalomethane. If you were to enter the water, one thing would become quite obvious to you. You would float much easier in this pool than you did in the lake this summer. These tanks are filled with salt water, about 3% salt water to be exact! Whales and dolphins need salt water because it is denser than fresh water; therefore, it is easier for them to float and swim. The salt water is made right here at Marineland, simply by adding common table salt to fresh water. (Source)

MarineLand’s has hundreds of deer, whether people like it or not there are some that are going to be sick, however majority of them are fine. They are not starved lol that’s ridiculous. This video highlights more. Note it is perfectly legal to shoot a deer to euthanize it, that is how most vets would do it. The problem with that situation was making sure it was completely euthanized and did not have to suffer. 

Things to bear in mind, the bear are not starved, and only fed corn pops. They have balanced diets just like any other animal.

As the head vet mentioned, 

Dr June Mergl, head of veterinary services at Marineland doesn’t deny the park has struggled with the quality of it’s water.  But she says the problem is one that every aquarium has.  Dr Mergl says the key is how Marineland reacts & she says they do it quickly.

Marineland has a water maintenance system that checks water 3x daily.  But sometimes, the health of the animals is the sign that something is off.

Dr Mergl says dolphins shed skin regularly but if the water isn’t balanced, they may lose more than normal.  It’s something a Marineland vet or trainer would notice & pass on to the park’s water technicians. (x)

Yes animals were moved to dry dock, not because of chlorine but it was do to an ozone leak in the system. As mentioned in this report by an indpendent water management company, their system was old (they got it changed just so you know, and this is a completely different system from kiska’s, and the beluga whale pools) and has been developed over the years. However they acted in the best way possible to insure the animals were kept healthy. It’s also worth noting that most of the animals highlighted in the claims made were all elderly animals, long passed their average lifespan. 

Niagara Falls, ON, (April 24, 2013)—Marineland of Canada Inc. announces that Stantec, the independent water quality experts have today released their report of their investigation of Marineland’s water quality systems.

The report dated April 13, 2013 states:

      1.  The water management system at Marineland has been developed over many years.  The water management system has been upgraded over time to provide comprehensive treatment to meet modern standards and performance requirements associated with best practices, and ongoing research and development in the industry. Overall, the investment in the water management system has been significant from a capital cost perspective. The Marineland water management systems share similarities with modern water treatment systems designed and operated for production of potable water for human consumption.

     2 .  Based on our assessment of the life support system design in place at Marineland and a review of the relevant literature, it was found that these systems are suitable for maintaining water quality parameters for the species and number of marine mammals under human care and are capable of providing an appropriate environment.

    3.  The treatment systems, pumping systems, piping systems, and electrical systems generally are all in good condition and maintained.

    4.  Redundancy for power and water supply is built into each system by providing parallel equipment that can be used while certain components of the system are offline for repair or for maintenance.

    5.  The system design, redundancy, and operations and maintenance is capable of promptly correcting isolated fluctuations of water parameters if they should occur.

    6.  Staffing is sufficient to ensure the proper functioning and maintenance of the water systems.

    7.  Procedures are in place for operation of the water management systems and these procedures, at the request of Marineland, will be documented through Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) for all systems and processes.

     (Source)

Once again, Baker was 10 years past his life expectancy, same with Sandy. 

More on the elderly animals: 

The aquarium, in an indoor pool to the right of Marineland’s main walkway acts as a kind of retirement centre for the park’s older sea lions & seals.

A trio of seals swims freely in the large pool.  On the tiled semi-circular deck Baker, a massive sea lion, naps sitting straight up.

At 28-years-old, Barker is one Marineland’s oldest sea mammals.  Dr. Mergl says the average life expectancy for a male sea lion in captivity is 15-18 years.  With age, comes health problems. Baker’s being treated for eye & heart problems & arthritis. 

Those kinds of age-related health conditions aren’t uncommon among Marineland’s sea mammals.  Dr. Mergl many of the ailments ex-Marineland trainers have attributed to exposure to unhealthy water, are really just signs of old age.

Mergl says pictures of walruses writhing in pain & glassy-eyed seals don’t tell the whole story. She doesn’t feel they get across that Marineland’s animals are monitored around the clock with a veterinarian a call away.  Dr Mergl sleeps with her cellphone under her pillow.

Mergl says the park’s animals are like her family & she doesn’t seem to understand suggestions that they aren’t getting proper care.(x)

Only Difference between the pinniped areas at MLC and other facilities is that its older. Other then that they are virtually the same.

(SW behind the scenes walrus pool, not so large pool (larger then MLC’s though), however more modern, and an area for the animal to slideout on. MLC photos

Barn pools: 

A warehouse with rows of water pens is home to about a dozen seals, sea lions & walruses. They’re separated from each other by bars that run from the floor of the pool below, to about 6’ up from deck level.  Each enclosure has a small space for the animal to pull itself up & take a break from swimming.

There’s a slick of water across the barn’s concrete floor, the surfaces here are clean with the smell of fish in the air.

Nic Hayne, supervisor of marine mammal training says the animals who live in the barn spend most of the time in their enclosures.

At the far end of barn is a dry dock—-a large pen without water access, double the size of what’s required to hold a walrus.  Hayne says it’s used everyday for many reasons.  Because the sea mammals are so big, the trainer says it’s often safer to give them medical care or work on skills in the dry dock.

Source

MarineLand did not hide Junior that is false. He was off exhibit, just like many animals that live in zoo’s. In this article they mention they have 4 killer whales, two male (Kandu 7 and Junior), two female (Nootka V and Kiska) along with new baby (Katak/splash). He didn’t learn well, and he was beaten up by nootka ALOT. They favoured Kandu over him. Not to mention King Waldorf Stadium is not ideal for the dolphins there now, much less 4 Killer Whales. He was also up for sale (to be used as a breeder, either him, Keiko or Tilikum, but tilly obviously was chosen because he was a proven breeder). He had more space then Kandu ever did, and he did receive some social engagement, whether it be dolphins, or another whale, who’d join him in the early 90s. 

Larry is fine, he suffers from allergies, he is not blind like the ex-trainers still profess. Even in this video he responds to visual SDs. 

Larry, a male harbour seal calls the barn home.  The first thing you notice as he slinks his shiny black & grey speckled body out of the water are his eyes.  They’re huge, round and dark, almost too big for his face.  Hayne says seals like Larry need those big eyes to see through murky water in their natural habitats.  The animal’s eyes are also rimmed along the bottom in bright red, though not puffy.

An ex-trainer alleges Larry has gone blind because of exposure to bad water at Marineland.  But the seal responds to his trainer’s movements from the deck of the barn & those of other staff walking past.  Hayne says he has no reason to seriously worry about Larry’s health. 

Source

Everyone knows ikaika was doing fine when he was here at MarineLand, the only problem was that he was kept from kiska for a period of time until he learned to not be so aggressive with her. If you look into the subject deeper, it’s that most of the allegations for him leaving canada were not true, even so he belonged to SeaWorld and the could take him back if they so desired.

Kiska’s dorsal fin is fine. It’s always been like that. Since when does water quality cause a dorsal fin to collapse, and chip off into pieces. Lool. 

MarineLand is not perfect, but half of the stuff spewed by people now a days aren’t even true, not to mention it’s not even relevant. Most of the stuff that’s spewed about the park are all assumptions made by people who refuse to visit and get an opinon for themselves. MarineLand is a privately owned faciltiy, it does not owe the public anything, but if people actually do indepth research or any for that matter, they’d realize all the info they need is right on their doorstep. This is why most of the trainers, who cowardly went on anon to the Toronto Star have been seen in support of MLC at the moment because they knew their agenda was going no where. These people listen to the words of a person who quit two years ago, and uses his love affair with a walrus as if it has some significant meaning to the walrus today. This is why the toronto star is getting their butt handed to them in court, along with the other trainers who defamed the park. 

There are problems with MarineLand that would be nice if they were changed, but all of that sensationalized crap is just that… crap. 

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valhallamage:

rlaph:

when you delete someone’s number then they text you and don’t wanna ask who it is

reblog to save a life,… or just to prevent an unwanted conversation

valhallamage:

rlaph:

when you delete someone’s number then they text you and don’t wanna ask who it is

reblog to save a life,… or just to prevent an unwanted conversation

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cumberlocked:


"You are truly magnificent, John. I could hardly have hoped for a better hunting partner."

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cumberlocked:

"You are truly magnificent, John. I could hardly have hoped for a better hunting partner."

vampire sherlock and werewolf john, for halloween, and this month’s letsdrawsherlock challenge!

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❝ Bromeo, oh Bromeo
I love you.. No homeo ❞

— Every Bro Ever (via frecklesandstitches)
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the-ocean-paradise:

pure ocean

the-ocean-paradise:

pure ocean

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Little red riding hood steampunk dress by My Oppa

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lolshtus:

Finally, I Get To Know What They Mean

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haruprince:

pissfreak:

pissfreak:

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haruprince:

pissfreak:

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haruprince:

pissfreak:

pissfreak:

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haruprince:

pissfreak:

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There’s nothing wrong with sex, people.

otherillusions:

claireruns:

thechroniclesofrin:

- Having sex every day. 
- Saving sex for your wedding night. 
- Never having sex.
- Having sex with different people.
- Having sex with one person.
- Having sex with a person of your same gender.
- Loving sex. 
- Hating sex. 
- Being loud. 
- Being quiet.

The only thing wrong with sex?

When it’s not consensual.

Because that’s not sex. That’s rape.

Reblogging again because this post is so important. 

This

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