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In North Korea, dead aquarium livestock equals death sentence

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jul 08, 2015 09:00 AM
An unnamed North Korean source reports the manager of a commercial turtle-farming aquarium was executed because "some of the tanks were not adequately supplied with food and water, leading to the death of a lot of terrapins." And you thought maintaining your aquarium was stressful.
In North Korea, dead aquarium livestock equals death sentence

Kim Jong-un is none too pleased with this aquaculture staff.

Aquaculture is risky business in the DPRK

According to a report in UK's Mirror, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un ordered the death of the manager of a terrapin farm after touring the facility.  The aquarium staff reported to Kim that some of the terrapins, a type of aquatic turtle, had died and blamed the deaths on inadequate food supplies and frequent power outages.

Bad move!

Kim Jong-un was displeased with the failures and the complaints.  He reportedly unleashed a diatribe on the staff before ordering the aquarium's manager taken outside and shot to death to serve as an example to the people of the DPRK.  Kim's reputation for executions is well-documented, but this one is quite outlandish (if the reports are accurate).

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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