Groups to Call for Release of Aquatic Animals Abandoned at Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium

For Immediate Release:
October 16, 2018

Tokyo — Wearing prison suits and holding signs proclaiming, “Inubosaki: Empty the Cruel Prison Tanks,” supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), PEACE, and the Animal Rights Center Japan (ARCJ) will descend on the Ministry of the Environment building on Wednesday to urge officials to send the animals who were abandoned at the now-defunct Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium to sanctuaries.

The animals left at the aquarium after it shut down earlier this year include a dolphin named Honey, who was captured in 2005 near Taiji during Japan’s annual dolphin slaughter, as well as 46 penguins and hundreds of fish and reptiles. Honey is languishing alone in a tiny, filthy pool filled with green, cloudy water, and the penguins are confined to tiny enclosures.

When:             Wednesday, October 17, 12 noon sharp

Where:           Outside the Ministry of the Environment office, No. 5 Godochosha, 1-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

“Being confined to these barren enclosures amounts to living in prison—and it’s time to give these animals parole,” says PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “PETA is appealing to government officials to intervene and transfer these stranded and suffering animals to reputable sanctuaries—not other marine parks—where they’d finally be able to engage in natural types of behavior.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that in the wild, dolphins live in large social groups, swim together in family pods, and can cover up to 160 kilometers a day. But in marine parks, dolphins and other aquatic animals can only swim in endless circles and are forced to perform meaningless tricks in exchange for dead fish. They’re denied the opportunity to move freely, dive deeply, choose what to eat, and escape incompatible tankmates, which often leads to fights.

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