Why this petition matters
SeaQuest’s Interactive Aquarium is a deep concern for citizens across Sacramento County and the surrounding region. We believe that the welfare of their marine life, birds and other animals will be put at risk, and have reason to be concerned for the safety of consumers, as well as the reputation Sacramento has for being a forward thinking and ethical community.
There is a documented history of criminal convictions involving lying to investors linked to SeaQuest Interactive founder Vince Covino, and the illegal acquirement and trade of exotic animals at a previous Aquarium owned and operated by the Convino Family. Employee and customer safety marks from OSHA are on record, as well as eye witness testimony of abuse and intentional neglect of their animals in captivity.
SeaQuest Interactive has an unusually high mortality rate compared to averages across the country, and the company is not a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) OR the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA) - organizations who's primary goal is representing zoos and aquariums who meet the highest of standards in animal conservation, research and education.
A Timeline of Offenses and Eye-Witness Accounts:
*Note: While Ammon Covino is not a current owner of SeaQuest Interactive, he violated his probation by helping his brother Vince in the opening of new SeaQuest locations.
· 2013: Ammon Covino sentenced to 8 months in prison plus two years of probation by federal court for conspiring with a fellow Idaho Aquarium co-founder to purchase illegally harvested rays and lemon sharks.
· 2013: Employees of the Portland Aquarium report the death of over 200 animals due to neglect. In addition to several severe OSHA violations.
· 2015: Ammon Covino Supervised release is revoked due to a violation of a condition of his release by continuing to engage in the procurement and sale of wildlife. Covino also failed to “answer truthfully all inquiries by his probation officer”. He was arrested and sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $50,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
· 2016: Second arrest warrant issued for Ammon Covino for “failing to abstain from engaging in activity that involves exhibiting, importing, transporting, selling, receiving, acquiring or purchasing ... fish or wildlife.”
· 2017: Vincenzo Covino fined $5,000 for failing to disclose to potential investors in a new aquarium that previous disciplinary actions were taken against him after it was ruled that he had borrowed money from a client to purchase a home in 2011.
· 2017: SeaQuest Las Vegas manager accuses company of mistreatment of animals, sometimes leading to death. Instances include withholding food from animals in order to get them to “perform” in front of guests.
We believe that Sacramento is a fantastic community, full of hardworking people who respect the foundation upon which this city was built: Innovation, entrepreneurship, and curiosity about the natural world around us. As a collective we pride ourselves on supporting ethical businesses that bring revenue to the area while educating the public. The Interactive Aquarium by SeaQuest does not meet Sacramento's, or the city of Folsom's standards.
Please sign this petition if you feel that a more ethically responsible tenant would be better for our growing community.
Article on Covino Criminal Activity 2017
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