On 10th March 2024, animal rights activists demonstrated once again at Boulevard Mall in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, calling for the closure of the local SeaQuest public aquarium on Twain and Maryland Parkway because they claim the facility is abusing captive animals.

Hani Levi, one of the protesters, said to KTNW, “We want the public, which is outraged about what’s going on, to actually start taking more action instead of just complaining…Since December 2016, since they opened, we have been protesting monthly on behalf of the animals that can’t speak for themselves…The issue in the Las Vegas location is that they will not disclose the death list. We have been asking for them to disclose the death list log for years, but they refuse to do so.”  There is a petition set up calling for the closure of this aquarium. 

SeaQuest is an Idaho-based chain of for-profit aquariums, petting zoos, and animal exhibitions whose business model relies on direct contact between customers and wild animals. SeaQuest operates its facilities entirely indoors, typically in shopping malls, in ten locations in ten different states across the country.

Various complaints against SeaQuest Las Vegas have been issued over the years to Animal Protection Services and USDA. The aquarium passed its most recent full inspection in September 2023 but inspectors noted some issues such as murky shark tanks and a deceased animal freezer containing old bodies.

There have been complaints against other SeaQuest aquariums around the country. On 5th December 2022, the animal rights group PETA submitted a complaint to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting that the agency investigate the aquarium SeaQuest for unfair business practices. This had to do with incidents when members of the public were alleged to have been bitten and injured at the aquarium chain during its hands-on encounters with animals. 

“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.