Reports of people injured, animals dying linger over aquarium opening at NJ mall

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Wildlife officials are asking the state to look into a company planning an aquarium and petting zoo at Woodbridge Center Mall later this year.

SeaQuest submitted an application to exhibit numerous animals at the proposed aquarium.

But in a letter to the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife, PETA urged officials to confer with agencies in Colorado and Nevada.

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In Colorado, SeaQuest's license suspension came after at least 41 people were injured by animals, as well as eight citations for violations of state laws in just six month.

According to news reports, the location failed two animal safety inspections by the state.

In Las Vegas, a former employee told the local newspaper hundreds of animals died while the site was opening.


The company operates at least nine small aquariums across the country, with other locations in Utah and Florida.

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