PETA to Lynchburg Residents: Steer Clear of Shady SeaQuest

For Immediate Release:
March 12, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Lynchburg, Va. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet in response to reports that the petting zoo and aquarium chain SeaQuest will be opening a new location at River Ridge mall in Lynchburg, Virginia, later this year:

Lynchburg, beware! Animals at SeaQuest’s Colorado location have reportedly injured at least 30 people, and former employees at SeaQuest Las Vegas alleged that birds were stepped on and killed, turtles were crushed by children, and an octopus died after being boiled alive in a tank. This shady petting zoo endangers animals and the public wherever it goes, and PETA is urging Lynchburg locals to stay away.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and the group opposes speciesism, a supremacist view of the world. More information about SeaQuest and its growing list of legal violations and animal deaths is available here.

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