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Protesters Shut Down Dolphin Show

marineland-protest-1-100912Here’s a video from Sunday’s massive demonstration at Marineland, Niagara Falls. Some of the 500 people at this peaceful but vociferous event gained access to the dolphin show inside and briefly shut it down.

During the video, you see Marineland owner John Holer arrive at the entrance, get out of his SUV, walk around for a few moments as if trying to figure out what’s going on, and then just get in his car and drive away.

Taking part in the event were former trainer Phil Demers, who was the first to blow the whistle on the abuse and neglect of the animals at this zoo, Member of Ontario’s Parliament Cheri DiNovo, who plans to introduce legislation to ban the importation of wild-caught marine mammals, and former dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, star of the Oscar-winning movie The Cove, who travels the world campaigning for an end to dolphin captivity.

Phil Demers spoke to the demonstrators, saying that if Smooshi, a sick walrus whom he looked as a trainer, is not rescued from Marineland, she will die: