5000 fish in ice at Japan skating rink cause uproar

Japanese skating rink featuring frozen fish causes a stink

5000 fish in ice at Japan skating rink cause uproar

Space World in the city's Yahata-Higashi Ward said on its website that it has closed the rink, which it had claimed as the world's first, in the face of mounting criticism.

KITA-KYUSHU-An amusement park here was forced to put a skating rink over thousands of frozen fish in the deep freeze on November 27 after it came under a storm of criticism as being cruel and immoral. It apologized for causing discomfort to the public.

Designers at a theme park in Japan thought visitors would revel at ice skating "across the sea" by freezing real fish and pictures of larger sea creatures under the ice but the attraction was widely regarded as having an "appalling lack of morality" and being "disrespectful of life".

Other parts of the rink showed rays and whale sharks that, the park pointed out, were merely enlarged photos that had been placed beneath the ice.

"An event on an ice rink with frozen fish".

It also made a pitch on Facebook with pictures, billing the attraction as "bizarre".

In a statement quoted in the Japan Times on Sunday, Space World said: "We deeply apologise to people who felt uncomfortable about the Ice Aquarium event".

"We purchased fish hauled and sold dead at a market through a dealer", the official said.

"Misunderstandings spread on the internet that the fish were frozen while they were still alive, but that was not the case", the spokesperson told the newspaper.

The amusement park plans to hold a memorial service for the fish once they are taken out of the ice.

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