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(CA) Former Marineland Staffers Deliver AR Petition

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Everyone does not love Marineland.

In fact, around 76,000 people have signed a petition demanding stricter animal rights laws in the province after allegations that animals were poorly cared for at the park.

Former Marineland staff members are calling on the province for help.

Ex-trainer Phil Demers says when he thinks about what's happening to the animals it breaks his heart. Demers says he had to quit his job because there was so much evidence the park had failed to care for the animals, he felt there was nothing he could do by working there anymore.

Another former trainer, Jim Hammond says he saw horrific things, noting small cages and aquariums for the animals was just scratching the surface.

Hammond alleges humane societies call the park ahead of time to say when they're coming, giving Marineland time to prepare for an inspection. He says the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) has Marineland as a paying member and may not want to be too harsh on them to jeopardize receiving that membership fee.

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