Published on : Monday, November 28, 2016
A theme park in Japan had to shut its aquarium themed ice-skating rink after receiving numerous complaints from the visitors and animal lovers across the globe for being ‘disrespectful’ towards the animals.
The theme park in question is ‘Space World’, which is situated in the Japanese city of Kitakyushu. In early November, the park authorities inaugurated a aquarium themed skating rink, where the skaters could glide over and around 5000 frozen fishes of various types.
After receiving numerous complaints, the park authorities issued a statement at their official website, which read, “We have received a lot of opinions such as ‘Using animals as entertainment and in events is bad’ and ‘Poor fish’. We sincerely apologise.”
The general manager for the park, Toshimi Takeda later informed that the park would hold a memorial service for all the 5000 frozen fishes.
The pictures issued by the park on their Facebook page showed that some of the fishes were semi-submerged into the ice of the rink with their mouth open and others were frozen in several formations. Apart from small fishes, the park also froze large marine creatures like rays and crabs. But the park authorities later informed that those were only enlarged pictures of the creatures. They also added that the fishes were already dead and were unfit for consumption.
After receiving several negative reviews, the park authorities closed the rink on Sunday, 27th November and they were also planning to take the dead fishes out of the rink to turn it into its normal state.
The theme park is planning to reopen the modified ice-skating rink in December, 2016.