Grand Protest to Hit SeaQuest Grand Opening in Folsom

PETA Supporters Will Give Aquarium a Feisty Folsom 'Welcome'

For Immediate Release:
November 19, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Folsom, Calif. – Armed with signs proclaiming, “Folsom Already Has a Prison” and “SeaQuest Exploits Animals,” PETA supporters and local activists will be on the scene to protest SeaQuest’s grand opening in Folsom on Tuesday.

When:    Tuesday, November 20, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon

Where:    Palladio at Broadstone, 410 Palladio Pkwy. (near the intersection of E. Bidwell Street and Iron Point Road), Folsom

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that former employees of SeaQuest owner Vince Covino’s aquariums have come forward with allegations of appalling neglect and abuse, including that animals were reportedly starved and routinely denied veterinary care. One former staffer alleges that at least 300 animals died at the SeaQuest Las Vegas location. At the now-closed Portland Aquarium owned by Covino and his brother, Ammon, more than 200 animals reportedly died in just a few months—many allegedly from starvation, infections, and other seemingly preventable causes.

“This cruel, sleazy operation has left a trail of animal suffering wherever it has opened aquariums,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Kind people can do their part to stand up to this abuse by never buying a ticket to SeaQuest.”

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