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It's easy to get angry. It's tough to change things. Convincing people to change their views on things is a continuous struggle. Working together, we can move political mountains. As animal activists, we're just plain everyday people who share a deep concern for animals and the abuse that is inflicted upon them. We have decided that doing something beats doing nothing!
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FIRST BELUGA DEATH AT MARINELAND OF CANADA: JUST 2
MONTHS AFTER ARRIVAL
One of nine wild-caught female belugas imported from Russia's Sea of Okhotsh on October 2, 1999 by
Marineland of Canada in Niagara Falls died on
"boxing day." "The stress experienced by these animals through capture, transport and confinement is considerable. They don't have the mechanisms to deal with it. I'm not surprized one of the Marineland belugas has already died, and I expect more deaths will follow" said Zoocheck Canada director Rob Laidlaw.
Marineland imported an additional three male belugas
from Russia on May 30, 1999, shortly after their
application to capture six belugas from the Churchill
River region of Hudson Bay was turned down by the
federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
The DFO is currently examining issues relating to the
capture of whales in Canadian waters. Zoocheck Canada,
in association with other organizations, is calling for a prohibition on captures and the import of whales from other jurisdictions for public display purposes.
Please send an e-mail to the Honourable Herb Dhaliwal,
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, urging him to end the capture of whales in Canadian waters and their import
into Canada from other regions.
In your e-mail, please
mention the beluga death at Marineland in Niagara
Falls. Urge him to immediately put an import ban into place and begin a public consultation process with the Canadian public on the recommendations made in Dr. Lien's report. Ask him to please move quickly to prevent further potentially fatal captures or imports of marine mammals.
Fax + 1 613-943-1493
e-mail: Mr. Dhaliwal
For more information, please visit Zoocheck Canada's
Zoocheck Canada Website
Zoocheck Canada Inc.
3266 Yonge Street, Suite 1729
Toronto, ON M4N 3P6
Ph (416) 285-1744
Fax (416) 285-4670
Registered Charity No. 0828459-54
MARINELAND QUIETLY IMPORTS THREE RUSSIAN BELUGA WHALES! Your Letters Are Urgently
Although Marineland has been denied the capture of belugas in the Canadian waters, there's still the risk of Marineland purchasing more belugas from a Russian military facility. The only requirement to import into Canada is an export certificate from the originating country. Since the import, Holer has indicated that he wants to add three females in order to establish a captive breeding program. WE HAVE TO STOP HOLER DEAD IN HIS TRACKS! Marineland has been investigated and criticized many times for substandard conditions and severe overcrowding. Marineland currently houses seven orcas, along with the new belugas from Russia, separated only by an underwater gate. Being so close to their natural enemy, the orca, must be causing extreme stress on the belugas, and probably at the same time driving the orcas wild, having their prey so close but untouchable. Please take a moment of your time and let the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans hear of your concerns..
(Please include your postal and e-mail address)
Or write to:
Honourable Herb Dhaliwal, MP
HOUSE OF COMMONS
Minister, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
East Block, Room 133
Canada, K1A 0A6
Fax:+00 (613) 990-7292
Prime Minister Jean Chretien
Fax: (613) 941-6900
The Honourable Christine Stewart
Fax: (613) 995-7536
When writing to these officials, it is important to express your appreciation to Mr. Anderson for the action that he has taken to deny Marineland's application to capture belugas in Canada... Thanks!!
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My Letter To Canada Regarding The Capture Of
Sad Enough-Now Mad Enough To Act..
".....Captive animals. I see the look in
their eyes. It is a look I
cannot forget, which I will not betray and which will
follow me for the rest of my
"Marineland's Beluga POWS"