A dolphin called Honey, 46 penguins, and hundreds of fish and reptiles have been abandoned at Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium in Chōshi, Japan, after it shut down earlier this year.
Former employees are reportedly feeding the animals, but Honey has been left imprisoned in a tiny, filthy pool with green, cloudy water, and penguins have been spotted in unsafe enclosures littered with debris.
Honey—who was captured in 2005 near Taiji during Japan’s annual dolphin slaughter—is growing increasingly frustrated and stressed from being deprived of everything that’s natural and important to her. If she’s transferred to another aquarium, she’ll likely spend the rest of her life in a tiny tank, being forced to perform circus-style tricks for food.
It’s vital that all the animals imprisoned at the run-down aquarium be released to sanctuaries, where they’d be protected, cared for, and free from harassment. PETA stands ready to help with their relocation.
Please ask the governor of Chiba Prefecture and the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums to take immediate action and transfer the animals to a sanctuary, where they can live out the rest of their days in peace.