VICTORY: PETA is happy to report that the regularly cited, seedy roadside aquarium SeaQuest Trumbull in Connecticut is closing. Quickly, this speciesist dump will now not exploit animals for leisure.
The Soiled Particulars Behind SeaQuest Trumbull’s Closing
SeaQuest Trumbull opened in July 2019, and since then, PETA has submitted eight complaints in regards to the facility to the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA).
We made quite a few complaints to state and native authorities concerning points on the website, together with issues with its fish spas and damning whistleblower allegations of egregious animal welfare points. We even filed a request to strip the power of its state approval to own sure animals, which resulted in a settlement requiring SeaQuest Trumbull to take away a porcupine and kinkajous from the power.
PETA additionally submitted a grievance to the Federal Commerce Fee in late 2022 concerning accidents to the general public that occurred at SeaQuest areas throughout the nation, together with on the Trumbull facility.
SeaQuest Trumbull’s closing comes on the heels of PETA’s most up-to-date grievance to the USDA in regards to the facility, wherein we detailed damning allegations from a whistleblower, together with the next:
- Two Bengal cats acquired no therapy for infections for over a month.
- Staff disadvantaged cockatiels of meals with a purpose to drive them to work together with company.
- Parakeets regularly grew to become “egg sure”—a doubtlessly deadly situation wherein eggs grow to be caught inside a chook—and acquired little to no veterinary care.
- A number of clients and staff sustained scratches and bites from animals, together with a wallaby, a parrot, and an otter.
Earlier than SeaQuest Trumbull introduced its closing, the USDA had issued it greater than a dozen citations for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Incidents there included these wherein an worker hit an otter with a metallic bowl, workers left rabbits with out meals or water, an otter bit youngsters on a number of events, and feces and particles gathered in improperly maintained enclosures.
The Trumbull hellhole’s closure means there’s one much less enterprise exploiting animals for a fast buck. Whereas celebrating this victory, PETA will sustain the stress on different SeaQuest areas to cease exploiting the animals held there and ship them to respected amenities.
Is This the Starting of the Finish for SeaQuest?
Thus far, PETA has stopped SeaQuest from opening in three areas (Florida, New York, and North Dakota). With the Connecticut facility’s closure, the chain could have eight aquariums remaining within the U.S.—and PETA will persist in working in opposition to it till the entire shady enterprise stops exploiting animals.
How You Can Assist Animals Imprisoned in Mall Aquariums
By no means go to any SeaQuest location, and encourage your mates, relations, and social media followers to do the identical. Assist stress the remaining SeaQuest operations to ship the animals held there to respected amenities.