An­i­mal cru­elty charges dropped against Marineland

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

An­i­mal cru­elty charges that had been laid against Marineland were dropped Thurs­day af­ter pros­e­cu­tors said there was no rea­son­able chance of con­vic­tion on most of the 11 counts faced by the On­tario tourist at­trac­tion.

Dur­ing a brief hear­ing in a Ni­a­gara Falls, Ont., court­room, the Crown said it could have pro­ceeded on three of the charges — which re­lated to fail­ing to com­ply with stan­dards of care for a pea­cock, guinea hens and a red deer — but did not be­lieve it was in the pub­lic in­ter­est to do so, cit­ing po­ten­tial court costs and a weak case.

The 11 charges against Marineland were the re­sult of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the On­tario So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals that was launched last Novem­ber af­ter the an­i­mal wel­fare agency re­ceived a com­plaint.

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