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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fishy ethics at Japan's Space World

Space World    (Public Domain)
It's one thing to kill fish for food (debatable, but understandable).  It’s quite another to display their corpses for crass commercialism.

At Japan's Space World amusement park, “fish, crabs and other shellfish were embedded in the ice as part of a special winter attraction.”  As part of a vulgar attempt to attract customers, the park’s Facebook page flaunted images of the doomed fish with captions that joked:  I am d… d… drowning, s… s… suffocating.

Had this venture been met with praise, who knows what might have been next…  Fortunately, many were ethically moved to protest.  Space World manager Toshimi Takeda called their heartfelt responses “brutal.”  He nevertheless decided to unfreeze the fish and hold an “appropriate religious service” before reusing “them as fertilizer.”

Wonder what Takeda means by an “appropriate religious service.”  Would that be for him or the fish?  Seems that he’s the one in dire need of some spiritual uplift.


Copyright November 29, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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