PETA Calls On Feds to Terminate Beleaguered Exhibitor’s License
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January 12, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Littleton, Colo. – On high of all its different public relations issues involving the deaths of animals in its “care,” SeaQuest has now pleaded responsible to a legal cost involving the illegal buy of a snapping turtle—certainly one of a number of species the aquarium has been prohibited from possessing since April 2019, when the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) suspended its state license—in line with courtroom paperwork simply obtained by PETA.
Right now, PETA despatched a letter to the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) asking the company to terminate SeaQuest’s license to exhibit animals. The federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) permits the USDA to terminate a license if the licensee has been discovered to have violated any legal guidelines or laws pertaining to the transport, possession, neglect, or welfare of animals.
“SeaQuest treats susceptible wildlife like merchandise, not residing, feeling beings,” says PETA Basis Affiliate Director of Captive Animal Regulation Enforcement Michelle Sinnott. “PETA is looking on the USDA to observe Colorado wildlife officers’ lead and strip this scofflaw petting zoo firm of its federal license.”
In October 2021, the CPW issued SeaQuest Littleton formal warnings over its unlawful possession of different state-regulated species, together with a painted turtle, a yellow-bellied slider, an ocellated skink, and a Russian tortoise. The power’s April 2019 two-year state license suspension got here after it racked up eight convictions for violating state wildlife legal guidelines, together with for illegally importing a sloth. It utilized for a brand new license in August 2021 however has but to obtain one, and the CPW has expressed critical issues about its utility.
SeaQuest Littleton additionally has a historical past of AWA violations, together with having obtained a USDA quotation in June 2021 after a wallaby named Ben drowned in an aquarium tank behind his enclosure as a result of there was no method for him to climb out of the water.
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals aren’t ours to make use of for leisure”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.