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November 7, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Fort Price, Texas – A U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) inspection report simply obtained by PETA reveals that 5 sugar gliders died just lately at a neighborhood SeaQuest facility, leading to a important repeat quotation from the federal company (and never Seaquest’s first). In simply 5 years, the seedy aquarium chain has racked up over 50 citations for failing to satisfy even the minimal care requirements required by the federal Animal Welfare Act. The USDA has been criticized for failing to tug licenses for severe animal welfare violations like this and is falling quick once more now on this case.
In response to the August 25 report, 5 sugar gliders disappeared and had been later discovered useless in a vertical PVC pipe they’d fallen into and couldn’t escape from. The USDA additionally cited SeaQuest Fort Price for housing a cavy and a capybara in enclosures too small to permit them “ample freedom of motion reminiscent of operating, enjoying, foraging, or hiding” and for not having sufficient employees who persistently present up for work to offer applicable care.
“From sugar gliders who had been discovered useless to animals cooped up in demanding enclosures, the victims of SeaQuest’s negligence and greed are many,” says PETA Basis Director of Captive Animal Legislation Enforcement Michelle Sinnott. “PETA urges everybody to keep away from all SeaQuest services, which churn out violations like they’re competing for the title of ‘most infamous.’”
Throughout SeaQuest Fort Price’s sordid historical past, an otter has died there, capybaras have gone lacking, an grownup capybara has bitten a toddler, and a sloth has bitten a visitor.
Untimely animal deaths are an ongoing drawback at SeaQuest services: A wallaby drowned in Colorado, a flying squirrel was crushed to dying in a door in New Jersey, and an otter drowned after her arm acquired caught in a pool filtration system in Las Vegas. Former workers on the Las Vegas location have claimed that birds had been stepped on and killed, turtles had been crushed by youngsters, and an octopus was boiled to dying in a tank.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals usually are not ours to make use of for leisure”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra details about PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.