Japanese Amusement Park Shuts Down Skating Rink That Included Dead Sea Creatures Frozen Into the Ice

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The Japanese are known around the world for turning fish into centerpieces of culinary art. But an amusement park’s recent effort to pair frozen fish and ice-skating proved less enduring.

Two weeks ago, Space World, on the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu, opened an ice-skating rink that featured about 5,000 fish and other sea creatures frozen beneath the surface.

It was hard to quibble with the park for calling the rink “an unprecedented attraction.”

Yet rather than attracting more visitors, the “Aquarium on Ice” ended up alienating them. A public furor broke out on social media, with many accusing the amusement park of cruelty to animals.

“Why do they do such a thing of bad taste?” one commenter wrote on Facebook. “Playing on the dead fish in the ice is nothing but insanity,” wrote another. “Isn’t it a desecration of lives?”

On Sunday, Space World apologized on its website, saying it would close the rink until further notice.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Motoko Rich