Ja­pan skat­ing rink slammed for freez­ing fish

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A JA­PANESE skat­ing rink that froze 5000 dead fish into the ice as an at­trac­tion has been forced to close af­ter re­ceiv­ing a bar­rage of crit­i­cism.

Amuse­ment park Space World is now melt­ing the rink – which could take about a week – and will hold a memo­rial ser­vice for the fish, the com­pany said.

The rink in south­west­ern Ja­pan opened on Novem­ber 12, af­ter 5000 fish were frozen un­der the sur­face of the ice as a dec­o­ra­tive ef­fect while cus­tomers skated above.

But the con­cept was slammed as un­eth­i­cal and the rink in the city of Ki­takyushu was forced to close on novem­ber 27, Space World spokesper­son Koji Shi­bata said.

“We re­ceived crit­i­cal voices say­ing it is not good to use crea­tures as a toy, and that it is bad to let food go to waste,” he told AFP.

So­cial me­dia erupted, with one vis­i­tor to the park’s Face­book page writ­ing, “An event on an ice rink with

frozen fish ... How sin­ful.”

“This is not per­sonal but a so­cial is­sue. They made food into a toy where chil­dren go and play,” said an­other comment.

Mr Shi­bata said the fish were all al­ready dead at the time of pur­chase and were con­sid­ered un­fit to be sold in mar­kets.

Toshimi Takeda, gen­eral man­ager of Space World, said the in­ten­tion was for cus­tomers to have fun while also learn­ing about fish. –

Peo­ple skat­ing on an ice rink with 5000 frozen dead fish in­side at the Space World amuse­ment park in Ki­takyushu.

Photo: AFP

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