Save Smoothie is a campaign run by Phil Demers, a former Marineland Zoo and Amusement Park employee. It seeks protection for a walrus named Smushi, who had a special relationship with Demers.
With that, let’s look at Smushi’s story in chronological order.
Smoothie was first introduced to Demers in 2004. A 200-pound walrus was taken from Russia to Marineland in poor condition.
To Smushey, Demers was nothing but a childminder. He took good care of her and the walrus-human pair developed a strong bond, as seen in the video below:
In 2008, Demers and Smoothie gained media attention. His stories were covered by a lot of Canadian and other international news outlets.
A few years later, Smoochy was once again the center of attention when Demers left Marineland after zoo officials allegedly abused their animals. He was the first whistleblower to speak on the alleged atrocities.
In 2013, Marineland filed a $1.5 million Strategic Public Partnership (SLAPP) lawsuit against Demers, accusing them of trespassing on their assets and planning to steal Smoothies, which gave rise to the Save Smoothie campaign.
However, Demers denied the claims. Since then he has passionately expressed concern about the safety of animals in Marineland. In 2019, the famous Canadian zoo sent police to Demers’s home after he joked about “stealing a walrus”.
Demers has been in a legal battle with Marineland for the past nine years. He has also set up a GoFundMe page for the Save Smooshy campaign, which you can access Here.
Save smoothie campaign will get a boost
On July 17, 2021, a Canadian digital streaming platform called CBC Gem announced that they would stream a documentary titled ‘The Walrus and the Whistleblower’ to raise awareness about the Save Smooshy campaign.
The documentary featured Phil Demers and other activists who whistled over the alleged abuse of animals in Maryland.
In a blog post for which Demers wrote Huffington Post Canada, he discussed the importance of the Save Smoochi campaign.
“I need to be reunited with Smushi the Walrus. His health worries me, and there’s a lot of conversation over his quality of life in my absence. He needs me as much as I need him. His vulnerability me She humbles me, and she makes me a better person. She has given me so many wonderful experiences and opportunities, and I value her life as I do my family’s.”
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