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Marine Husbandry Team Member (Former Employee) - Woodbridge, NJ - November 30,

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first off i was there while the place was being built. they had no schedule for animal deliveries or the proper ( or temporary for that matter) housing for most of the fish/animals. Corals going into tanks without lights and heaters (looking at below 70 temps here). cats and sea otters being forced into small bathrooms. and worst of all two rare endangered black tips shark dying due to over moving and poor acclimation. I've worked in other aquariums in the past and i understand that sometimes problems occur and u have to think on your feet but this was something else. the design of the sumps and filters will make it difficult to navigate around (more difficult then usual), and some of these aquariums/exhibits where rushed to the point where i doubt they wont crash within the next 6 months to a year.

If that wasn't enough to deter you they treat there employees like garbage. It has one of those "everyone is out for you" feeling which leads to the team members forming distrust to one another and constant infighting. What made this worse is management. instead of working together and forming bonds they encourage this type of behavioral thinking. I honestly cannot think of a worse place to work. Your day to day is maintaining water quality (which is insanely difficult being that they let guests feed them any amount all day) while having to juggle and tip toe around other employees and management all while having to put on a smile for quests. Being that this job is working with amazing animals the poor care, conditions, and work environment sucks that all away. This place has - 

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — A duck with a broken foot. A kinkajou seemingly running mad in his cage. Children coming very close to stepping on parakeets. The allegations continue to fly regarding conditions at the new SeaQuest aquarium that just opened last month at the Woodbridge Center Mall.

SeaQuest is owned by Vince Covino, who has been criticized in the past for conditions at his other SeaQuest locations across the nation (Woodbridge is his ninth). The SeaQuest in Littleton, Colorado, for example, failed two animal safety inspections by the state and was the subject of an undercover investigation by the local Fox news affiliate. Residents petitioned to prevent SeaQuest from opening in Lynchburg, Virginia.

And now it seems his New Jersey location is garnering the same criticism: Ever since SeaQuest first opened in early December, groups of animal rights activists have been holding protests every weekend outside Woodbridge Center.

Denise Morgan, a Sayreville resident, organizes the weekly protests. She also runs the Facebook page Shut Down SeaQuest Woodbridge. She said ever since they opened, she's been inundated with dozens of complaints about the business. There is also this petition calling for the state to shut SeaQuest down; so far they've received nearly 6, signatures.

"One visitor sent me a video of a honey bear (another term for a kinkajou) weaving back and forth in its cage, doing the same movement over and over, back and forth," she said. "I've had people tell me that animal is going insane. Then there was a video of a duck eating the drywall off its enclosure, actually ingesting it."

While the aquarium did get praise, some people have even taken to TripAdvisor to vent their feelings:

"Conditions are horrible for these animals, mammals and birds!" one person wrote. "It's a Mall Zoovery sad. Birds are frightened of small children running after them, as well as the handling of the animals too..! Just Awful..they need to be shut down!"

Morgan's next protest is planned for this Sunday, Jan.

Sheryl Petrillo, a Phillipsburg resident, is one of those protesters. She is president of an animal rights/vegan non-profit Animal Defenders Greater Lehigh Valley, and she toured SeaQuest this past Saturday.

"The worst thing we saw was a duck with a broken foot. It was obvious its left leg was broken or lame because it was hanging off to one side," said Petrillo. "The duck appeared to be trying to hide. We told the staff it looked like its foot was broken. And then you see two little kids reach out to ask if they can pet it. The whole thing was just sad."

Petrillo took this video of what she says is the injured duck at SeaQuest this past Saturday:

This video was taken at the Woodbridge SeaQuest, according to Morgan, and it shows a kinkajou repeatedly moving back and forth:

"At the parakeet exhibit, there were a lot of parakeets flying and there were little kids just grabbing at the birds," she continued. "In the rabbit area, there was no place for the rabbits to hide, which is a natural thing for them to do. And one of the rabbits was clearly stressed, panting and shaking and running away from people."

Things got worse when she got to the silkies exhibit, she said. Silkies are small exotic chickens from Asia, and they are popular as pets.

"They had four of them on a small piece of AstroTurf. They were just stuck there for anyone to touch them," she said. "One silkie was obviously sick; it had diarrhea. My friend picked it up and then a kid came over and asked if he could pet it. My friend said no, because it was sick and then they took the bird away. It really looked ill; its eyes were closed."

Both state and local officials say they have investigated numerous complaints made at the Woodbridge SeaQuest and — so far — found all of them to be unfounded.

When contacted by Patch, Covino said SeaQuest is regularly inspected by state and local officials, who have yet to find anything wrong.

"We had inspections today (Tuesday, Jan. 7) from every agency you could imagine, just this morning — U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, state of New Jersey Fish and Wildlife, Animal Control, police and more," Covino said Tuesday. "This is dozens of inspections now, all with the same outcome — no concerns, all animals and habitats are just fine. Anything else is just out of context, or a lie."

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection confirmed to Patch they have issued no fines or violations to SeaQuest for the species at the aquarium that are managed by the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife.

"Woodbridge Township has very limited jurisdiction when it comes to the operations of facilities such as SeaQuest," Woodbridge town spokesman John Hagerty told Patch on Monday. "The Department of Health, along with the Woodbridge police department, has responded to several complaints alleging mistreatment of the animals. The complaints were deemed unfounded and no violation notices were issued."

When interviewed by Patch last fall, Covino said he deliberately runs SeaQuest as a place where children can touch and interact freely with exotic animals.

"I started doing this because I was tired of paying $ a ticket to take my wife and six kids to the zoo or to an aquarium. Thirty minutes later they'd be bored and ready to leave," Covino said at the time. "What's a shame is that our aquariums get millions of people a year to fall in love with animals. That's what people should be focusing on. I mean, have you ever held or interacted with a threatened species? That's what you'll be able to do here."

Petrillo acknowledged that she is an animal rights activist, so some might say her point of view is skewed.

"But I've read reviews from just a regular mom who went to SeaQuest with her family and they were extremely bothered by what they saw," she said. "So I think people have a clue as to what's going on there. It's very clear animal welfare is not their priority."

"If you want your kids to see and interact with wild animals, the best place is an animal sanctuary," said Petrillo. "And there are so many animal sanctuaries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. That way, you know your money will go to a good cause, and you know the animals are being well taken care of."

Patch's ongoing reporting on SeaQuest:Sneak Peek At Woodbridge Center Mall Aquarium

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  • 5Erick A. 2 weeks ago
    Had the most wonderful time here. Holly taught me a lot about the animals. I loved the flying squirrel and parakeet interaction. If you want to have an amazing experience with animals, come here.

  • 5Chelsea C. 1 month ago
    This was our second visit. Awesome time! The mermaid lady in the pic was very nice to the kids 👍🏻 The entire staff was really very friendly and working hard. Very impressed. Very clean and healthy fish. No dead ones!!!! Great variety. Puffers, stingrays, koi, angel, lion fish, jellyfish, starfish. We fed the iguanas and pet the cats. Doesn’t smell bad at all. No rabbits there anymore… thinking maybe the bad reviews on the smell of the place might have led to this. Rabbit poop stinks… duh! Also there’s not at all as many stingrays as there were last year which was a bummer. We brought our own lunch and ate directly outside the aquarium on the fountain ledge which the kids loved! Good spot to sit and eat away from the crowd.

  • 5Genine W. 2 months ago
    Even though it&#;s in Woodbridge Mall, it&#;s awesome! They have a lot of interesting animals. I went with my family, my husband, and two daughters 21, and We really enjoyed ourselves. I would definitely recommend this place and visit again. It&#;s very affordable too. Go check it out for yourself.

  • 5LaKisha Lefever (. 1 month ago
    It was a very well put together little aquarium. The wait was long, but I was pleasantly surprised to know that teachers plus their spouses and kids get in for free. So well worth the wait.

  • 5Donna S. 2 months ago
    Kids had an amazing time here feeding some of the animals and being able to interact with some. Their favorite was the parakeet exhibit where they could walk in and a handler gave them birdseed the birds would come sit on them and eat/explore!

  • 4Liza P. 2 months ago
    Visited here for the first time today. We had fun! It’s small but was clean and all the animals looked healthy. We enjoyed feeding the iguanas & loved interacting with the parakeets & flying squirrels. The rays are adorable too. They swim right up to the side of the tank to greet you. Chip & Dale, our new otter friends, are the cutest. ♥️ Melissa at the front desk was really nice & so were the other two animal whisperers that helped out at the encounters. We will definitely be back.

  • 4marie F. 2 months ago
    Took the kids when they first opened up in the morning and there was no lines or crowds (seems to be best time to go) Everyone had a lot of fun. Love how hands on this place is. We especially loved being able to touch and play with the bengal cats they have. So friendly too. Staff was very nice and helpful. Definitely wanna go back maybe even do a birthday party there , which they do as well.

  • 3A. 3 months ago
    This is nice for a family outing with the kids I would only go one time though I don&#;t see myself coming back it was a nice experience there wasn&#;t much to look at though small but the kids enjoyed themselves and we got about y&#;all for group power which was a great price and the kids was able to feed some animals. Able to see the mermaid but we didn&#;t get there until pm. They didn&#;t have any big sea animals. The pigs was interesting to say the least. I would recommend it at least once.

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    Seaquest Woodbridge NJ

    WOODBRIDGE, NJ — On Monday morning, Patch was taken on a behind-the-scenes sneak peek tour of the new SeaQuest aquarium, aiming to open the week of Thanksgiving at the Woodbridge Center Mall. We also interviewed the aquarium's owner and CEO, Vince Covino, and he addressed some of the controversy that has popped up at his other aquariums across the country, most of them located inside malls or other shopping complexes.

    The aquarium is called SeaQuest and it is located on the ground floor of the mall, right next to the Lord & Taylor, which is in the process of going out of business. (As Patch reported, the Woodbridge Lord & Taylor will close its doors for good on Christmas Eve; its final day of business is expected to be Dec. 24, )

    The shuttering of his next-door neighbor doesn't seem to be a damper to Covino, who has a cheerful, can-do attitude and says he anticipates half a million visitors a year to his aquarium. The price point for tickets is $ for adults, $ for kids and children 2 and under are free. Those ages 55 and up and in the military are $ The aquarium is scheduled to open the week of Thanksgiving for season pass holders, and will open to the general public the week after.

    "We are going to bring so much traffic to this mall," said Covino, who lives in Boise, Idaho and flew out to the East Coast to oversee construction.

    "I started doing this because I was tired of paying $ a ticket to take my wife and six kids to the zoo or to an aquarium. Thirty minutes later they'd be bored and ready to leave," he continued. "My kids like to touch and interact with animals. I figured if I could open an aquarium that allows them to do that, they would want to stay for hours. Turns out millions of kids are just like my kids."

    Aquariums-inside-malls is a hot trend lately: The still-unopened American Dream megamall in North Jersey will also have an aquarium inside, run by rival aquarium-operator SeaLife. An escape room opened earlier this year at Woodbridge Center.

    "With malls today, you have to offer stuff you can't buy on Amazon. It's as simple as that," Covino says.

    However, what sets his business apart, he says, is that children and visitors will be able to touch, interact with and feed the fish and animals — they will even offer snorkeling in the shark and sting ray tanks once the aquarium is fully up and running.

    "See this open door here?" He opens the door to a pen that will hold Bengal cats and kittens, which visitors can enter. "You'll never see an open door like this at SeaLife."

    Responding to criticism

    It's a business angle that's garnered Covino some criticism at his aquariums elsewhere in the country. For example, at the Woodbridge mall Covino plans to have a parakeet exhibit where visitors can enter and have as many as a dozen parakeets sit on their shoulders while they hand-feed the birds.

    Except when he offered something similar at his Littleton, Colorado SeaQuest, the local Fox affiliate investigated. The TV news station said they witnessed so many birds being allowed out to be fed at once that small birds were in danger of being stepped on by hoards of children and their parents. Reporters also found an escaped lizard running loose on the floor.

    The news station investigated after their Colorado location failed two animal safety inspections by the state.

    "They had multiple backrooms where they were keeping birds and animals that had unsealed concrete floors, as well as areas where Macaws were tearing into drywall. All three Macaws were in makeshift cages that all had violations," wrote a state inspector. "I have concerns regarding the parakeet/lorikeet/finch enclosures as they lend themselves to potentially dangerous situations for birds."

    Speaking with Patch on Monday, Covino addressed that — and other controversies — head on:

    "Anytime we let the birds out, we have two experienced bird handlers with them. That was true in Littleton and that will be true here. At no time were the birds in danger of being stepped on," he said. "Our staff has been working with birds for decades. They knew what they were doing."

    Woodbridge Center is SeaQuest's first aquarium in New Jersey, but the company's ninth across the country: Covino opened the first SeaQuest in Portland, Oregon and other locations soon followed in Utah, California, Las Vegas and Connecticut. A SeaQuest at The Galleria in Fort Lauderdale will open in a few weeks.

    In that same report, one woman told a reporter that SeaQuest had mall security kick her out after she told the staff she noticed a python needed water. This petition was started to prevent SeaQuest from opening in Lynchburg, Virginia.

    "Colorado has an additional state agency that failed us, whereas we have passed all the federal and state inspections in New Jersey. We've passed all our other inspections elsewhere in the U.S., too," Covino said. "What's a shame is that our aquariums get millions of people a year to fall in love with animals. Kids and visitors leave here more educated about wildlife and with a deeper appreciation for the Earth and our environment. That's what people should be focusing on. I mean, have you ever held or interacted with a threatened species? That's what you'll be able to do here."

    As to the python, he said that his staff checks on their snakes twice a day, in the morning and in the evening.

    "So if a snake looks dehydrated, it has gone several hours without water — not several days," he said.

    It's not just fish at SeaQuest: The aquarium will have pygmy goats, baby pigs, exotic breeds of porcupines, sloths, otters and kinkajous (a small tropical rain forest mammal). All the fish, birds and wildlife has been inspected by a veterinarian and the Woodbridge location has passed multiple inspection tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife, he said. Covino said he has both federal and state permits to operate and keep the wildlife.

    "The bottom line is any animal kept in captivity will have better health than animals in the wild. Our animals are all inspected by vets regularly," Covino said. "Safety is our number-one priority for our animals, guests and team members."

    Covino founded SeaQuest with his brother, Ammon Covino, who in was sentenced in Florida federal court for conspiring to bring illegally harvested rays and lemon sharks into the state of Florida.

    Covino acknowledged it, and said his brother has served his time and is out of prison.

    "He helped me in the beginning and I have a lot of respect for my brother," he said. "But he is no longer part of SeaQuest. He does not work for the company."

    Soft opening planned for Thanksgiving week

    Currently, the Woodbridge mall location is under construction. But Covino promise to open the week of Thanksgiving for season pass holders and the week after for all other visitors. Season passes are currently being sold for a fifty-percent discount: $30 per adult and $20 for each additional family member. Pass holders can come an unlimited number of times throughout the year. There is also a room for birthday parties inside SeaQuest.

    Once inside SeaQuest, visitors will walk through a tour of many different habitats: An Iceland room featuring sturgeon and rainbow trout; an Egyptian desert with a fossil dig site; a fantasy cave section with bio-luminescent jelly fish; a Mayan jungle aviary and a shark lagoon.

    Get ready for some big snakes at the Woodbridge Center SeaQuest: They have a foot reticulated python, a nine-foot red-tailed boa and an emerald tree boa. Guests and children will be allowed to feed, handle and interact with all the snakes; the larger of the two are rescues.

    "We rescue a lot of abandoned animals," said Covino. "The same thing with the macaws on site. They were rescued. People buy exotic birds like macaws and don't expect them to live 80 years. Or they buy a boa and don't know what to do when it grows to thirteen feet and only eats rabbits."

    Most of other animals have been purchased. Covino remarked offhandedly he's spent millions acquiring animals for his facilities.

    Learn more here: https://woodbridge.visitseaquest.com/

    First Patch report: Aquarium Coming To Woodbridge Center Mall

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    NJ SeaQuest: Activists demand shutdown of Woodbridge Center aquarium

    WOODBRIDGE – More than  activists met outside the Woodbridge Center on Saturday with a common goal: shutting down the SeaQuest at Woodbridge Center.

    Since the company's announcement to open in Woodbridge, New Jersey activists, concerned with SeaQuest's past practices at other locations, urged the state Division of Fish and Wildlife to confer with similar agencies in Colorado and Nevada where SeaQuest permits were either suspended or revoked.

    Since its opening in the fall, SeaQuest at Woodbridge Center, which operates under permits from the state Division of Fish and Wildlife, has received a wave of criticism, such as a Facebook group called "Shut Down SeaQuest" and an online petition calling for the closing of the aquarium/petting zoo at the Woodbridge Center.

    SeaQuest protest organizer Denise Morgan, second from right, surrounded by other animal-rights activists on Saturday, Jan. 4 outside of the Woodbridge Center calling for the closure of the SeaQuest located at the mall.

    Denis Morgan of Sayreville organized the protest. She has been making her way to the Woodbridge Center every Saturday since July to protest the SeaQuest.

    "I'm surprised that anyone would let this into their town, their store," Morgan said, adding that she won't stop until the aquarium is shut down. "I hope for community support."

    The change.org petition, which can be found at bit.ly/2ZOJ3NH, has collected more than 4, signatures out of its 5, goal.

    "New Jersey is a forward-thinking, animal-friendly state that cares about the environment and the planet, this latest addition is not welcome in our state," the petition's creator, Whitney Malin of South Orange, wrote on change.org. "There is a documented history of repeated criminal convictions involving illegal acquirement and trade of exotic animals, and lying to investors linked to SeaQuest Interactive Aquariums."

    According to Malin, there are "eyewitness testimony of abuse, and neglect" at SeaQuest aquariums, which has 10 locations throughout the country.

    "These aquariums also see an unusually high mortality rate compared to averages across the country," she said.

    According to Vince Covino, the founder and CEO of SeaQuest, the SeaQuest exhibits at the Woodbridge Center "meets or exceeds" all United States Department of Agriculture and local and state Department of Fish and Wildlife requirements, "ensuring health and safety in spacious exhibits."

    "In fact, just three days ago, after being attacked online by several activists, we had the police, animal control, city and state officials, and others in for a full and copious tour of our facility," Covino added. "There were no concerns, no guidance on any modifications whatsoever, and no hesitation on any aspect of our business practices. This was one of dozens of such inspections we have passed at the Woodbridge SeaQuest."

    The state Department of Environmental Protection confirmed that it has not issued any fines or violations for species managed by the state Division of Fish and Wildlife at the Woodbridge SeaQuest.

    "If you've not been to SeaQuest, a 60 minute visit will confirm that we create a happy and healthy environment for over 1, animals, and we create millions of smiles every year for those in our communities," Covino said.

    PETA's concerns

    PETA has been tracking SeaQuest for years. The animal-rights organization has a nine-page-long "fact sheet"' dedicated to information about SeaQuest, its CEO Vince Covino, whose full name is Vincenzo Covino, and his brother, Ammon Covino, who has run other aquariums himself.

    The fact sheet details dozens of incidents related to SeaQuest, including a  lawsuit filed by the parents of a year-old girl who was allegedly bitten by a lemur at the Austin Aquarium in Texas, which is co-owned by Vince and Ammon Covino.  

    "The lawsuit alleges that the aquarium initially told the parents that the lemur was vaccinated but later informed them that this was not the case, leading to thousands of dollars in medical expenses," according to the fact sheet.

    In November , a sloth named Flash was severely burned by a heat lamp in its enclosure at the SeaQuest in Littleton, Colorado, according to the fact sheet.

    It was the second time the animal had been injured by the lamp, according to PETA. 

    More than  activists met outside the Woodbridge Center on Saturday demanding a common goal: shut down the SeaQuest at Woodbridge Center.

    "The second burn caused swelling of his entire face, including around his eyes, nose, mouth, and lips," according to the fact sheet. "There were multiple raw areas and redness on his face with scabbing and skin sloughing, and a couple of the wounds were oozing. According to staff, he winced when eating strawberries and his remaining food had to be cut smaller in order for him to eat."

    Animal control in Colorado were allegedly told by an aquarium employee that its staff veterinarian was informed of the sloth's injuries and recommended treating the burn with coconut oil, honey, and Neosporin, according to the fact sheet.

    "Animal Control followed up with the veterinarian, who stated she had not been notified of Flash’s injuries and did not prescribe any treatment," the fact sheet said.

    The case resulted in animal cruelty charges being filed against the employee who allegedly gave animal control officers false information. The employee was found not guilty, according to the Denver Post.

    Michelle Sinnot, a staff attorney at PETA who has been researching SeaQuest, said that the animal rights organization has received many reports of people who visit the aquarium becoming "absolutely shocked and devastated at the conditions these animals are being kept in."

    She said that the conditions at SeaQuest locations "look starkly different" to any reputable facility. 

    More than  activists met outside the Woodbridge Center on Saturday demanding a common goal: shut down the SeaQuest at Woodbridge Center.

    PETA also said that the Covino brothers have a track record.

    In , Vince Covino was fined $5, by the Idaho Department of Finance $5, for failing to disclose his previous securities disciplinary action while selling membership interests in SeaQuest to investors, according to PETA.

    Covino, a former broker who lives in Idaho, had his registration was suspended for 30 days after the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ruled that Covino had borrowed money from a client to buy a home, according to the Idaho Statesman.

    The same newspaper reported that Ammon Covino was sent to jail twice on a federal warrant for violating parole after he was convicted in federal court of conspiracy to commit illegal wildlife trafficking in  

    According to the report, Covino's probation prevented him from engaging with any activity that involves fish or wildlife, but a federal court judge claimed that Covino is helping to open aquariums in Nevada and Utah.

    Inside SeaQuest

    It costs around $18 for an adult to visit SeaQuest at the Woodbridge Center. Tickets can be purchased at a discount online, as well as in bundles, such as a monthly, annual and "lifetime passport."

    SeaQuest prides itself on its goal of allowing people to interact with its animals.

    "We offer guests the opportunity to interact with the vast species we share this planet with, and build a relationship that inspires them to become vested in conservation and in the protection of our planet’s diverse inhabitants," according to its website.

    More than  activists met outside the Woodbridge Center on Saturday demanding a common goal: shut down the SeaQuest at Woodbridge Center.

    Visitors can purchase "feeding tokens." In addition to the ticket price, they can buy six tokens for $10; 14 for $20; 22 for $30 and 40 for $ These tokens can be used by inserting them into gumball-machine-like dispensers.

    When this reporter visited the Woodbridge Center SeaQuest, it did not appear that there were any limits on feeding. Many of the exhibits had concrete floors and most animals had no space within their display to hide, such as huts, coral or hollow rocks, which are common at many zoos and aquariums. 

    There were also no signs warning patrons not to bang on the glass tanks, as one would see at many other aquariums, or warnings for flash photography.

    In fact, for a few tokens, visitors can actually go inside of the enclosures of certain animals.

    This has created some backlash at other SeaQuest locations.

    More than  activists met outside the Woodbridge Center on Saturday demanding a common goal: shut down the SeaQuest at Woodbridge Center.

    "Oftentimes because they let people walk around, the kids would stomp on the birds and kill them," a former employee told KTNV.com in February  "And then they would throw the birds in the garbage so they didn't have to record it or show that the birds were dead."

    READ:Controversial SeaQuest Aquarium to open at Woodbridge Center

    "SeaQuest, they want people to come in and touch the animals, and that is harassment," Sinnott said. "Touch tanks and animal encounters in general are very stressful for these wild animals."

    "These type of exhibits hold a health risk both to the public and to the animals," she added. "SeaQuest is very focused on people to go in and touch the animals and not have any boundaries or rules or requirements."

    Last week, the goats that were displayed at SeaQuest were surrendered by the company to the Clinton Township-based goat rescue Goats of Anarchy.

    READ:NJ animal activists protest forthcoming Woodbridge SeaQuest Aquarium

    "We received video earlier this week of three goats kept in a small enclosure with cement floors, barely covered by wood chips," said Leanne Lauricella, who runs Goats of Anarchy. "The goats were cowering in a corner as visitors attempted to feed them by hand. There was otherwise no food or water in sight."

    She said SeaQuest reached out to her organization after "several online pleas for SeaQuest to surrender these goats to our care." She thanked SeaQuest in a statement on Facebook for recognizing the goats needed a new home.

    "The three goats arrived timid and afraid of human contact," she said. "But we feel confident that, over time, we will earn their trust as we have with the others under our care."

    SeaQuest has faced concerns from activists in other states. 

    In May , actor Alec Baldwin issued a statement through PETA urging officials of his hometown Massapequa to block an attempt to build a SeaQuest in the Long Island town.

    SeaQuest has since rescinded its application for the Long Island aquarium, according to Patch.com.

    In May , Colorado Parks and Wildlife suspended the license of SeaQuest in Littleton after multiple violations, according to a report by Westword.

    Denise Morgan and other local activists said they will continue to protest until they see similar results at the Woodbridge Center. Sinnott said PETA will do the same.

    "In terms of small roadside aquariums, I can tell you that SeaQuest is the only aquarium that we are focusing on right now," Sinnott said. "PETA will not stop fighting SeaQuest until every one of their locations is shut down." 

    A shopping mall is no place for wild animals, Sinnott said.

    "They don't go outside, they don't play on grass," she said. "They are inside that facility 24/7."

    Staff Writer Nick Muscavage is an award-winning watchdog reporter whose work spans many topics and has spurred the creation of a state law. Contact him: ; [email protected]; @nmuscavage.

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