A skating rink with thousands of dead fish frozen under the ice is forced to close its doors after the cause of outrage among its customers.
About 25 different species of fish were inserted in the new attraction at the Space World theme park in Kitakyushu, Japan, with some arranged in words and forms to create what the owners called “ice aquarium”.
After the opening of the 820ft ice rink, people took to social media to complain, some call it “tasteless”, “sinful” and “a desecration of life.”
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Space World spokesman Koji Shibata said on Monday: “We were the critical voices to say it is not good to use creatures as a toy, and that it’s bad to let food go to waste.”
Mr Shibata said the fish were all dead already at the time of purchase and were considered to be unsuitable to be sold in the markets.
“Internally we had the discussions about the morality of the idea” before the display is set, ” he said.
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Toshimi Takeda, general manager of Space World, said the intention was for customers to have fun while learning about the fishing – but admitted that the ice would need to be replaced.
“We wanted the customers to experience the feeling of skating on the sea, but after receiving criticism, we have decided that we could not work no more,” he said.
This article originally appeared on SkyNews.com.