Voices in Japan
Voices in Japan
Aug 18, 2020
Zoos, Aquariums, and Pet Life in Japan
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Ben and Burke take on the controversial topic of zoos, aquariums, and pet life in Japan. Yes, neither one of these clowns is an expert on the subject by any measure, and their home countries (especially the US) definitely cannot serve as models that Japan should follow.  However, in general, there seems to be a difference in mindset between westerners and Japanese people regarding whether animals deserve to be treated better, particularly in zoos and aquariums.  That said, the boys do explore efforts being made towards improvements at Japanese zoos, most notably at the very popular and highly ranked Maruyama Zoo in Sapporo.  The subjects they cover also include the Taiji dolphin hunt controversially documented in The Cove, the worst zoo in Japan near Jozankei hot springs, bear zoos, and Ben gives Burke the self-described "most popular personality test on the web" to determine his animal spirit, which can be found at https://animalinyou.com/.

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