In an abandoned aquarium at a marine park in Japan, Honey the dolphin, along with 46 penguins and hundreds of fish and reptiles remain, as a public outcry to save the lonely dolphin has sparked public outcry and protests this week.
According to Japan Today, the Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium closed at the beginning of the year after a steep decline in visitors following the 2011 earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear accident. Honey, the penguins and the other denizens of the aquarium remain there with reports that employees have been regularly feeding the animals. Sadly, Honey has been seen floating in one of the tiny pools and her physical condition may be deteriorating.
Honey, a bottlenose dolphin, captured in 2005 near Taiji, where the annual dolphin hunt has been televised in the documentary The Cove, was one of the lucky ones – at least as far as her life having been spared. Dolphins not used in marine parks are killed for their meat. The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums no longer purchases dolphins from Taiji.
At the last visit to the park, Honey showed signs of stress and weakness.
Nearby a resort hotel has offered to give Honey, the penguins and the other fish and reptiles a new home. Repeated calls to the park have gone unanswered.
“I get emotions of hazard and doubt from t he truth that they’re so silent about this. As a bunch that handles animals, they’re accountability to elucidate what they intend to do with Honey and the opposite animals,” stated Sachiko Azuma, a consultant of the group PEACE. (Put a Finish to Animal Cruelty and Exploitation)
(Photos screenshots via Reuters)
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