KTNV-TV reports a protest outside the SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium in Las Vegas was triggered by accusations of mistreatment of animals at the attraction. The founder of the aquarium is Vince Covino, of Boise. Earlier this month, Covino agreed to pay a fine of $5,000 for violating Idaho law while trying to raise investment money for the new Vegas facility. Covino's brother, Ammon, was imprisoned in 2013 for bringing illegally harvested fish into the Boise aquarium.
"I quit because in my time here I've seen a number of different things that I thought were morally unjust and wrong," ex-employee Chris Stansell told KTNV.
Meanwhile, Vince Covino wasn't talking to the media. Instead he directed questions to his spokeswoman, Alui Hernandez, who said the Stansell's allegations were "false and made by a disgruntled employee."