Signatures Needed To Help Stop SeaQuest Aquarium From Opening A New Location In Florida; They Have Been Known To Openly Neglect Their Animals

Photo from No SeaQuest at Galleria Mall, Fort Lauderdale, Facebook Page

Failed inspections, birds with no access to food or water, illegally imported sloths and capybaras, animals stored in basements, eels, stingrays and octopuses found dead from mismanaged waters, these are just some of the horrors from SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium’s checkered past.

Unfortunately, despite ample evidence of cruelty and neglect at various SeaQuest locations across the country, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is poised to open a new location at The Galleria Mall.

Keeping animals captive is stressful enough on them, but when you add abuse and neglect, it’s downright cruel. At SeaQuest’s Portland location, more than 200 animals have died from “starvation, infections, a power outage, attacks by incompatible tank mates, getting caught in drain screens, being hit by falling rocks, and escaping from their tanks.” — All causes that were easily avoidable if proper precautions were taken.

According to the No SeaQuest at Galleria Mall, Fort Lauderdale Facebook Page, After SeaQuest Folsom opened last month in California, it already had bad reviews. One review stated, “the animals are severely mistreated.”

On top of completely disregarding the care for these animals, SeaQuest CEO Vince Covino, and his brother Ammon Covino, both have a complete disregard for the law when it comes to their dealings with aquarium management. Vince has a history of investment violations, while Ammon has repeatedly been in trouble with the law for illegally buying animals and selling them to aquariums.

SeaQuest is a business that openly exploits and abuses animals, and from the looks of it, only to line their pockets. We must prevent another location from opening!

Please sign this Care2 petition urging the city of Fort Lauderdale, FL, to deny SeaQuest’s plans and prevent them from opening a new location. SIGN HERE!

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