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Weekends can be the perfect time to have family outings. To change things up a bit, your family can explore nature and wild life in a controlled environment. One place you may have wanted to check out is the Idaho Aquarium in Boise. However, you may have noticed this facility has been on the local and national news, not for the attractions, but for other serious allegations:

Reports have surfaced that the two co-founders have been arrested for purchasing illegally harvested marine animals.

One incident that has been reported is one of the men before his arrest instructed his nephew to have information destroyed about a recent order for nurse sharks.

Though the Aquarium is non-profit, there are allegations from a former employee that the money earned is being grossly and unethically mismanaged.

There are other new reports on how are the animals treated at the exhibit are raised into question. For instance, an article describes some deaths of the animals may have been cause in part by trying to save money rather than the proper care of the marine life.

Now the aquarium is under investigation with the Idaho Humane Society and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

These reports are serious and solemn topics, but can lead to an insightful family discussion. Explain to your children what has happened, keeping the details age appropriate. One topic can be how a person’s actions have a ripple effect that touches many facets. Another topic can be how illegal purchasing of animals affects not just the animals, but the existence of exhibits as a whole.
In the end, your family can determine if you all want to visit the Aquarium, knowing that your ticket price supports more than just seeing the marine life attractions.



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