Skip to comments.Artist Banned From Strangling Puppies
Posted on 05/12/2012 10:29:37 AM PDT by nickcarraway
A German artist who planned to strangle two puppies to death on stage in a Berlin theatre has been told that highlighting the plight of sled dogs in Alaska is not a good enough reason to kill the dogs.
The performance, entitled "Death as Metamorphosis," was to take place next week in a small theatre in the Spandau district of Berlin. Accompanied by funeral music and a gong, the artist was going to strangle two puppies with cable ties after a brief meditation.
According to a report in the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper, the provocative piece was meant to highlight the plight of sled dogs in Alaska and hunting dogs in Spain, which are said to be killed in the same way once they can no longer work.
The artist's planned performance was influenced by "traditional Thai art forms," the Express newspaper reported.
The Berlin administrative court stopped the show from going ahead on Friday, saying that animal protection laws forbid an animal from being harmed in any way in a show. The artist had argued that Germany's constitution "unconditionally guarantees artistic freedom."
The report appeared in the same week as a controversial project by two art students at Berlin's University of the Arts (UdK). Students Iman Rezai and Rouven Materne are threatening to guillotine a sheep on camera, depending on the results of an online vote.
The experiment is meant to stimulate debate on humanity and democracy. Materne said the guillotine was chosen because "it represents a society that wants to give its cruelties the appearance of humanity."
According to a report in Berlin's Tagesspiegel newspaper, the website registered 190,000 "No" votes and 120,000 "Yes" votes in six days.
"The anonymity of the internet lures the perversity out of some people," the 23-year-old explained. The artists are planning to ignore the protests and reveal the results of the vote in an exhibition in mid-May.
Is it OK for him to strangle hippies?
Our president eats them.. why not strangle them??
He seems to be from the “killing them is the purist form of love” school of liberalism.
I’ve heard that the single biggest killer of animals in the USA is PETA.
They must routinely “euthanize” most of the animals in their shelters because they—unlike the Humane Society and other groups—are very irresponsible and poor at placing these pets.
The only way to save the dogs is to kill the dogs.
Pretzel logic only a liberal could love.
You got that right. That freak needs to be destroyed.
PETA’s goal is to end all pet ownership. If there are no pets, viola, no ownership.
What an ignorant piece of scum! Thank God the authorities shut that down! It’s twisted logic if I ever heard it: harming animals to protest animals being harmed! Good grief!!
"They're there all the time, driving me out to wander the streets, following me, silently, but I can feel them there. It's puppies, pursuing me! I want to escape, to escape from the puppies! But it's impossible. I can't escape, I have to hurt the puppies. I have to run, run... endless streets. I want to escape, to get away! And I'm pursued by puppies... they never leave me. They are always there... yipping, yipping, yipping!"
They might let him strangle newborns I think
Future serial killer.
They are using the term “artist” here pretty loosely.
Let’s see: artistic freedom or taking the lives of innocent puppies.
What a POS. Strangle him with a cable tie.
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