Following complaints, the Guggenheim Museum in New York has decided to remove ‘art’ installations depicting animal abuse. It comes after pressure has been mounting from the public and animal rights activists.
According to a petition on change.org: “The dogs are faced off against one another, running ‘at’ each other but prevented from touching one another, which is a stressful and frustrating experience for animals trained to fight.
The installation depicts scenes from the video “Dogs Cannot Touch Each Other” which is part of the exhibition called “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World”
“The dogs get wearier and wearier, their muscles more and more prominent, and their mouths increasingly salivate. At this live 2003 “performance” in China, a video was recorded, complete with close-up shots of the dogs’ frantic, foaming faces.”
In a letter addressed to the museum, PETA said: “People who find entertainment in watching animals try to fight each other are sick individuals whose twisted whims the Guggenheim should refuse to cater to.
“PETA has seen dogs after they have been forced to fight—mangled, bloody, soaked with urine and saliva, unable to walk and barely able to stand, and covered with cuts, bruises, and scars. The ‘losers’ of these disgusting fights are often killed by their handlers.
“Dogfighting is reprehensible, and it’s up to each of us to do what we can to stop it. The Guggenheim can do its part by simply refusing to display exhibitions that encourage such abuse to animals.”