BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - Animal rights activists showed up at the South Florida Museum on Saturday to protest the treatment of manatees and calling for a change in staff. This all comes in the wake of Snooty's death. The iconic 69-year-old sea cow drowned in the museum's manatee tank last month.
An investigation found that snooty drowned when he became stuck in a tunnel used to access the tank's plumbing system. That passage is usually blocked by an access panel that is bolted shut, but the panel came loose.
Protesters are calling the incident negligence by museum employees. "We would like to see the protocol for the future care and safety of these manatee's." said Elise Matthes, President of Sarasota in Defense of Animals.
The south Florida Museum is currently conducting an internal investigation of Snooty's death with the help of a third party.
In response to today's demonstration the museum issued this statement: "No one is more committed to the well-being of manatees cared for at the South Florida Museum than our team members. Without facts, it is not appropriate to speculate or make any allegations. When the review is complete and action steps are determined, the museum is committed to sharing the information publicly."