‘Animals Die at SeaQuest A-scare-iums,’ Screams New Billboard

PETA Urges People to Stay Away From Nightmare Aquarium Where Hundreds of Animals Have Died

For Immediate Release:
November 4, 2019

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Denver – As part of its campaign to shut down SeaQuest’s cruel aquarium and petting zoo, PETA has just posted a giant billboard in a heavily trafficked area that features a blood-soaked parody of SeaQuest’s logo and urges families to steer clear of the ascareium’s operations in Littleton and around the country.

“SeaQuest is synonymous with dead, injured, and neglected animals; dirty tanks and dangerous makeshift cages; and shady business practices,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet. “PETA is calling on people to reject this despicable animal exploitation by never setting foot in a SeaQuest facility.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that SeaQuest aquariums are amassing an ever-growing list of dead animals, reports of animal neglect and inadequate cages, citations and fines from state and local agencies, and injuries to the public from direct contact with animals. SeaQuest’s Littleton location opened its interactive aviary illegally after failing multiple prelicensing inspections, forcing state agriculture officials to issue a cease and desist order requiring the facility to reduce the number of birds in its possession—which it did by giving more than 80 of them to a teenage employee. Wildlife officials also suspended this location’s state permit after a series of state law and permit violations, including unlawfully importing a two-toed sloth and failing to report an animal’s death.

PETA has filed a request urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to terminate the federal Animal Welfare Act exhibitor license held by SeaQuest—or, at the very least, to refuse to approve the addition of the aquarium and petting zoo’s proposed new locations across the country.

The billboard is located at the southeast corner of E. Eighth Avenue and Lincoln Street.

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