Crown Prosecutors Stay Animal Cruelty Charges Against Marineland

Crown prosecutors have stayed charges filed against Ontario aquatic theme park Marineland after they allegedly used dolphins and whales in performance shows in August 2021. The charges were laid by Niagara Regional Police after video footage obtained by Animal Justice revealed dolphins and beluga whales performing tricks at the park contrary to section 445.2(4) of the Criminal Code, which prohibits the use of captive cetaceans for performance and entertainment purposes. The Crown determined that it was “not in the public interest” to prosecute, but did not state what factors were considered in the making of this decision.