The Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) of New York state has charged Marineland water park for illegal animal use after the “world’s loneliest” killer whale Kiska was videotaped, pounding its head in a tank.
The park has been charged with allegedly using animals to perform without permission.
On Friday, Dec. 10, group Animal Justice said that Marineland is being inspected after lawyers submitted a legal complaint that a dolphin show at the marine park breached the Criminal Code.
According to the group, dolphin presentations at the park incorporate pop music, animals performing tricks, and employees encouraging crowd cheers.
The NRPS said that the probe began in October and is connected to a July show that authorities believe violated the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act.
“During the investigation, it was found that dolphins and whales were utilized for entertainment purposes during the month of August, without being authorized to do so following an amendment to the Criminal Code under Bill S-203 on June 21, 2019,” NRPS stated.
The killer whale Kiska was earlier videotaped, slamming its head against the tank’s wall after outliving its five babies.
Animal Justice’s chief executive Camille Labchuk said Monday, Dec. 13, that the animal protection organization is concerned about rumors that Marineland is being sold to a real estate developer.
“We’re calling on the provincial and federal governments to get involved in this situation and do what they can to make sure these animals go to a sanctuary, if Marineland is sold,” Labchuk claimed, according to the New York Post.
On Feb. 14, 2022, the attorneys are scheduled to appear in St. Catharines to represent the park in the newest lawsuit.
Marineland might be fined up to $200,000 under the law.