Fish-Filled Ice Skating Rink Closes After Criticism

At Space World in Japan, customers were forced to skate over thousands of dead fish in the ice

November 28, 2016
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An ice skating rink in Japan has closed down after customers complained about thousands of dead fish frozen into place beneath the ice.

Located at an amusement park in southwestern Japan called Space World, the rink kept 5,000 fish frozen just under the surface of the ice for decorative effect. However, skaters slammed it as unethical and now, just a few weeks after it opened, the park is melting the ice rink down.

“We wanted customers to experience the feeling of skating on the sea, but after receiving criticism, we decided that we could not operate it any more,” Space World general manager Toshimi Takeda explained to international news service AFP.

“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,” added Space World spokesman Koji Shibata.

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