PETA Supporters Will Urge Shoppers to Stay Away From Exploitative Aquarium
For Immediate Release:
May 24, 2019
David Perle 202-483-7382
Roseville, Minn. – PETA supporters wielding signs proclaiming, “Say No to SeaQuest,” will greet shoppers at Rosedale Center on Memorial Day and urge them not to buy tickets to SeaQuest’s recently opened shopping-mall aquarium.
When: Monday, May 27, 4 p.m.
Where: Rosedale Center, 1788-1818 County Rd. B2 W., Roseville
SeaQuest’s license to exhibit numerous animals was recently suspended in Colorado after the company’s Littleton location—where at least 41 people have been injured by animals—racked up eight citations for violations of state laws in just six months, including for failing to report the death of a bird who apparently drowned in a water bowl. SeaQuest’s exotic-animal permit for its Las Vegas location was revoked because the aquarium possessed unpermitted otters and coatimundis. Former employees at that location have alleged that birds were stepped on and killed, turtles were crushed by children, and an octopus died after being boiled alive in a tank. One former staffer even claimed that he saw hundreds of animals die.
“Officials across the country have caught on to the history of animal deaths at SeaQuest, and it’s losing permits left and right,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet. “As summer starts, PETA is asking compassionate visitors to Rosedale Center to give this sleazy petting zoo a cold welcome.”
Just last week, following a spirited PETA campaign, SeaQuest withdrew its application to open an aquarium inside a shopping mall on Long Island, New York. PETA—along with the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida and a local activist—is suing the city of Fort Lauderdale to challenge its issuance of a zoning permit for a proposed new SeaQuest aquarium there.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.