For immediate release:
March 23, 2021
David Pearl 202-483-7382
Fort Worth, TX – Violations of state and federal laws have been found at SeaQuest sites across the country, and PETA has just received a USDA inspection report stating that the agency issued five Federal Law references to SeaQuest Fort Worth in February. protection of animals. from a number of reasons, including animal bites from guests. The report also indicates that an otter somehow died in SeaQuest Fort Worth and that records indicate that there should have been three capybaras at the facility, but USDA inspectors found only one.
“From missing capybaras to bitten guests, SeaQuest cannot be trusted to keep animals or visitors safe,” says Michelle Sinnott, PETA’s Deputy Director of Animal Captive Law Enforcement. “PETA encourages everyone to stay away from seedy SeaQuest properties that get in trouble from coast to coast.”
SeaQuest Fort Worth has a long history of animal welfare issues, and PETA filed a formal complaint with the USDA in January because an otter was seen swimming in endless circles, a sign of psychological distress. In 2019, at least four separate incidents in which guests were injured by an otter prompted the USDA to issue links to the object. The agency also provided this object with a “cautionary moment” after several people were bitten or scratched by capybaras used to interact.
Other locations on the network seem no better: at the SeaQuest facility in Littleton, Colorado, at least 40 people were injured by animals, and at the SeaQuest aquarium in Las Vegas, an otter drowned after her hand was caught in a pool’s filtration system. Former employees in Las Vegas claimed the birds were stepped on and killed, turtles were crushed by children, and the octopus died after being boiled alive in a tank.
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