“Entertainment to me is one of the places you’d say is just for fun there shouldn’t be a downside but it’s an industry where there might be evil to true entertainment,” says Yvette Van Veen, a Certified Dog Behavior consultant.
Van Veen has spent 14 years training pets, she is known for training dogs who perform at dog shows. She is also a pets’ reporter for the Toronto Star mainly about animal behaviors and ways to improve relationships between pet owners and their pets.
In a recent article titled ‘Animals used for entertainment should also enjoy the show’ Van Veen mentioned an investigation in Marineland by the OSPCA that called for accusations about Marineland, a themed amusement and exhibition park. It involved poor water conditions that caused aquatic mammals to suffer from blindness, redness in eyes, and damage to fins and body parts.
Performing animals and mammals struggle to stay alive due to the poor living conditions which results in force used by the trainer.
According to Veen, orders were made by the OSPCA (Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to examine several marine animals, build better shelters for deer and elk, and install a good water filtration system.
“In Ontario, there’s no where else you can go to see animals like that, but the fact that they treat them poorly compared to their natural habitat is unacceptable.” said Julia Vitale, a four year employee at Canada’s Wonderland.
She explained that the mistreatment of performing animals is now on a larger scale and people won’t turn a blind eye on these issues now.
OSPCA Agent Brad Deward, says that animal welfare laws Ontario currently has in place for wildlife such as raccoons, and coyotes.
He discourages citizens from causing any harm to the wildlife and emphasizes that we must learn to live with them.
“We also offer ways for people to minimize the damage that wildlife might cause to their property.” He said.
The SPCA is an organization dedicated towards animal welfare from sheltering point of view as well as education and enforcement.
They investigate zoos and circuses that come into the city. An officer will be there to inspect how the animals are transported, how they are being kept, and that they are being provided for as required by law.
“It’s heart wrenching to see stories about neglect and no animal should ever have to suffer or be without the necessities of life. its rewarding to be able to help them.” said Deward
Marineland was issued six orders in 2012 by the OSPCA and the investigation is still on going.