It seems this year is dotted with news of atrocities carried on animals. In India, we’ve seen outrage over a man mercilessly throwing a dog off a terrace to another running over a dog thinking the canine had urinated on his car, to medical students brutally treating a monkey. If you thought these incidents were bizarre and reflected the mentality of just a few, then think again.
Space World, a popular amusement park in Japan went 10 steps further and opened a rink featuring about 5,000 dead fish, crabs, and other shellfish embedded in the ice, to give visitors an opportunity to “glide across the sea,” as advertised on the attraction’s website. The theme park, located in Kitakyushu city, faced a huge amount of backlash on various social media platforms after posting pictures of the rink on Facebook.
Though the post is no longer available, it apparently had horrific captions such as “I am d… d… drowning, s … s… suffocating”, with photos of the frozen fish, some of which had been strategically positioned to spell out the word ‘Hello’. Since the overwhelming outrage against the rink, the amusement park shut the section on Sunday (November 27).
According to reports, Space World has now apologised for the rink. In a statement, it said that the fish were intended “to give the feel of the ocean to the ice skating rink,” and that the amusement park is “extremely remorseful to have invoked such unpleasant feelings.” In an interview with CNN Money, the park’s manager Toshimi Takeda said, “We were shocked to hear the reaction as the ice skate rink was very popular since it opened two weeks ago, we had an unprecedented number of visitors. (But) we had endless opinions about the project, we were shocked … We are sorry for the project and decided to close the rink on that night.”
The park now plans to unfreeze the skate rink so that they can remove the fish. They will then hold an “appropriate religious service” for the deceased fish, and reuse them as fertiliser.