Whistleblowers

Christine Santos

ChristineSantosSantos is an animal care graduate from Sheridan College. She worked at Marineland for 12 years and is the trainer featured kissing a beluga in the long-running “everyone loves Marineland” commercial. In 2012, Christine said she was asked to sign a document that included a statement she’d never seen animal abuse or neglect at Marineland. She didn’t sign because “it didn’t feel right.” Marineland fired Santos.
Marineland served a $1.25 million lawsuit against Christine for telling the Toronto Star a killer whale was sporadically bleeding from its tail.

Jim Hammond

JimHammondHammond grew up working on a family dairy farm and has a diploma in agriculture management from McGill University. He worked as Land Animal Care Supervisor at Marineland for 11 years. He quit Marineland in 2011 citing allegations of poor conditions and animal treatment. Marineland served a $1.25 million lawsuit for statements made in a March 2013 Toronto Star article.

Phil Demers

New Smooshi and PhilDemers’ animal training career began in 2000 at Marineland where he was employed until August 2012. Demers is best known for his unique relationship with a captive walrus named Smooshi.

Demers left his position at Marineland citing allegations of negligent treatment of the animals and unhealthy conditions. Marineland served Demers with a $1.5 million lawsuit accusing him of plotting to steal Smooshi the walrus.

Phil was a recent guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast to speak of his experiences.

Click below to review Demers’
2014.07.22 – Amended Statement of Defence and Counterclaim filed at the St Catharines courthouse.