Denver’s Deathtrap: SeaQuest Littleton Has Horrid History of Animal Suffering

Published by Danny Prater.

SeaQuest Littleton, a shoddy aquarium inside a shopping mall south of Denver, was slapped with a federal citation for failing to have species-appropriate enclosures, after a wallaby named Ben drowned in an aquarium tank there. That’s according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection report obtained by PETA. Ben’s terrifying death came about because he was unable to escape from the tank, which had no stairs leading out of it. Sadly, he wasn’t the first animal to die at SeaQuest Littleton, and he likely won’t be the last.

A wallaby at SeaQuest Littleton Aquarium

Ben’s Death at SeaQuest Littlteton Was Not an Isolated Incident

This federal citation over Ben’s death is just the latest in a long list of concerns at SeaQuest Littleton. Animals who previously died or were injured at SeaQuest Littleton include the following:
  • A kookaburra (a type of bird) who reportedly drowned in a water bowl
  • A sloth named Flash who was burned on the face twice by an exposed heat lamp in his enclosure
  • Five birds who died after a guest in the interactive aviary stomped on them

On top of these incidents, SeaQuest Littleton has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge involving the unlawful purchase of a snapping turtle—one of several species the aquarium has been prohibited from possessing since April 2019, when the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife suspended its state license. This suspension came after the facility had racked up numerous citations.

PETA is calling on the USDA to follow Colorado wildlife officials’ lead by stripping this scofflaw petting zoo company of its federal license to exhibit animals in a detailed letter to the agency. The federal Animal Welfare Act allows the USDA to terminate a license if the licensee has been found to have violated any laws or regulations pertaining to the transport, ownership, neglect, or welfare of animals.

SeaQuest Littleton has stood by and allowed animals to drown, be burned, and be kicked to death.

This Denver-area deathtrap is a terrible place to take children, as it teaches them to embrace speciesisma human-supremacist worldview that, in part, prioritizes cheap human entertainment over the suffering of other species.

Ben the wallaby at SeaQuest Littleton aquarium

You can join PETA’s efforts to help animals suffering at SeaQuest aquariums across the country:

The best thing you can do to help get all of SeaQuest’s decrepit facilities shut down is to refuse to buy a ticket. Then, encourage your friends, family members, and social media followers to do the same.

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Take Action for Animals at SeaQuest Now!

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind