Federal Criticism Challenges SeaQuest Fort Value’s Animal Encounters Over Hazard to the Public

PETA Asks FTC to Examine Aquarium for Unfair Commerce Practices

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December 5, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Fort Value, Texas – This morning, PETA submitted a grievance to the Federal Commerce Fee (FTC) requesting that the company examine SeaQuest for unfair enterprise practices, noting that members of the general public, together with youngsters, have been bitten and injured on the aquarium chain, which continues to market hands-on encounters with animals as secure, family-friendly leisure.

PETA’s grievance factors out that at SeaQuest Fort Value, a fish bit a toddler’s fingers after she dipped her hand in a contact tank, a capybara bit the hand of a kid who had reached over the facet of an enclosure, a sloth bit an individual who had tried to pet the animal throughout an encounter, and an iguana jumped from a rock and latched onto a 3-year-old’s arm, inflicting the kid to be rushed to the hospital and given six sutures.

“SeaQuest’s animal encounters have brought about important bodily harm to an unsuspecting public, thereby violating the FTC Act’s prohibition on unfair commerce practices,” says PETA Basis Director of Captive Animal Regulation Enforcement Michelle Sinnott. “PETA is asking on the federal government to behave earlier than one other particular person is wounded or worse at these amenities, that are ticking time bombs.”

PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals are usually not ours to make use of for leisure” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—notes that a whole bunch of animals have died at SeaQuest places throughout the nation, most just lately 5 sugar gliders on the Fort Value facility. The chain’s CEO, Vince Covino, was fined $5,000 in 2017 for violations of the Idaho Uniform Securities Act after failing to disclose a previous disciplinary motion to potential traders.

PETA additionally submitted an FTC grievance over animal encounters at Austin Aquarium, which is evidently run by Vince Covino’s brother Ammon, a convicted wildlife trafficker. PETA’s current undercover investigation into Austin Aquarium discovered injured animals left to languish with out veterinary care, animals deserted, and different horrors.

After discussions with PETA, Sam’s Membership confirmed that it could finish its sale of tickets to SeaQuest, as a result of chain’s string of animal deaths, neglect, authorized violations, and accidents to workers and the general public.

For extra data on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.

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