Otters Hit, Baby Bitten: PETA Finds More Violations at SeaQuest


For immediate release:
May 6, 2021

David Pearl 202-483-7382

Trumbull, Connecticut. – An employee hit otters with a metal bowl, a child was bitten by an otter, and a guest entered an unlocked and unattended aviary with a capybara in the SeaQuest Trumbull, according to a USDA inspection report just received by PETA.

In March, the agency awarded the “hands-on” aquarium with four references to the Federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) caused by these and other issues, which echo similar references to animal welfare found elsewhere in SeaQuest across the country.

“From animal blows to child bites, SeaQuest cannot be trusted to keep animals or visitors safe,” says Michelle Sinnott, Esq., PETA Foundation’s deputy director of animal welfare in captivity. “PETA urges everyone to stay away from seedy contact zoos SeaQuest, which are in trouble from Trumbull to Las Vegas.”

In August 2019, a child attending SeaQuest Trumbull was bitten by an otter, and in July 2019, the USDA referred to surgery for lack of a written veterinary care program – and other bite incidents abound elsewhere. The USDA recently quoted SeaQuest Fort Worth in Texas after guests were bitten by a sloth and a capybara; in 2019 and 2020, the agency quoted SeaQuest in Layton, Utah after Coatimundi bit guests and employees; and at SeaQuest in Littleton, Colorado, at least 40 people were injured by animals.

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