NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. – Niagara Regional Police officers were called to the popular Marineland aquatic park Sunday, after some animal welfare protesters stormed inside the facility and tried to interrupt a performance by dolphins.
Order was restored after officers ordered the protesters to leave, the Regional Police said.
An organization called Marineland Animal Defense sent out fliers inviting animal rights supporters to attend its “Marineland Closing Day.”
Members claim marine mammals are mistreated at the park.
According to police reports, officers from the Niagara Regional Police and the Regional Parks Police were dispatched to the park at about 1:45 p.m. after “the crowd had grown to approximately 800 people” and some were rushing through the park’s gates into the show area.
There were no injuries, and most of the protesters had left the area by 3 p.m., police said.
Police reported no arrests, but the St. Catharines Standard newspaper reported that a 20-year-old woman was led away in handcuffs.