Today in Outrage we go to Japan where an ice rink at an amusement park has caused animal lovers to have a complete meltdown. For some reason “Space World” in the city of Kitakyushu has an ice rink more focused on the ocean world.
The park recently opened a new ice rink that was supped to be available through the winter and into the spring. However when images of the over 5,000 dead marine life including mackerel, sprats and other fish trapped under ice emerged, the animal justice warriors took to social media to shame the park into closing it down.
Beneath the surface of the ice the fish were arranged in artistic displays. In one spot they spell out the word “Hello” in English. However it was the appearance of a school fish swimming in formation that caused great outrage at the park’s “disrespect for life.” Apparently these Facebook detectives were convinced that somehow the park froze the fish as they swam, like Mr. Freeze came out of nowhere and froze the poor fishies alive.
This week the park announced that they were closing down the ice rink and to make amends with the public were considering having a memorial service for the dead fish which were actually bought at a local fish market. A spokesperson said; “Misunderstandings spread on the internet that the fish were frozen while they were still alive, but that was not the case.”
Hey buttercup, the fish were already dead. So what’s the big deal? It is ironic that the sight of dead fish would anger so many in Japan, a county known for its vast seafood consumption. In fact it is estimated that the average Japanese citizen eats around 154 pounds of fish annually.
The only way to eat sushi.
It would be like Americans complaining that someone froze hundreds of cheeseburgers under ice. I guess then the outrage would come from the burgers not being artistically displayed in my mouth. Besides, they think some frozen fish are disrespectful, how about those dead human body displays? Put a few of these guys under the ice and now we’re talking.
People complained that the display was cruel, immoral and weird. So what do you think? Were these complaints justified or people just have to much time to complain?
If they played Metallica’s “Trapped Under Ice” while we skated over the dead fish it would be pretty cool.
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