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(29,876 posts)
Thu May 3, 2012, 01:06 PM May 2012

German Court Orders Artist Not To Kill Puppies Onstage

A German court has ordered an artist not to go through with plans to kill a pair of puppies as part of a performance, according to The Guardian. The unidentified German artist planned to strangle two puppies on stage and perform a funeral rite for them as a way of protesting the killing of sled dogs in Alaska and hunting dogs in Spain when they are deemed too old or otherwise unfit to work.

The artist argued that the German constitution “unconditionally guarantees artistic freedom,” but was overruled by the Berlin administrative court. Judicial officials maintain that it is illegal to harm animals during the course of a live performance.

The piece, entitled “Death and Metamorphosis,” was to be performed in a small theater in Berlin’s Spandau district. The artist planned to strangle two puppies using cable-ties, then conduct a funeral rite involving a giant gong, according to German magazine “The Local.”

The ruling coincided with the announcement by a pair of students at Berlin’s University of the Arts earlier in the week that they were planning an art project that would involve the filmed decapitation of a sheep. The two artists claim that the work is a statement on humanity and democracy and are conducting an internet poll asking whether respondents want to see the sheep killed or spared.



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German Court Orders Artist Not To Kill Puppies Onstage (Original Post) Purveyor May 2012 OP
What better way to protest the killing of a dog than to kill a dog? Cali_Democrat May 2012 #1
This fuck is sick in the head. hifiguy May 2012 #2
"Snuff art?" KansDem May 2012 #3
Phuckhead... joeybee12 May 2012 #4
Well that ruins my idea hfojvt May 2012 #5
This is fucked up in more ways than I can even imagine. mac56 May 2012 #6
This reminds me of something I saw yesterday... RevStPatrick May 2012 #7
I like that. I feel that way sometimes. Arkansas Granny May 2012 #8
agreed. Duppers May 2012 #9
+1 Poll_Blind May 2012 #11
the photos aren't showing for some reason Blue_Tires May 2012 #13
Thanks for letting us know! snooper2 May 2012 #16
thank you for that! excellent little piece ;-) n/t Scout May 2012 #15
this is so Sick!! Duppers May 2012 #10
Less an artist than a budding sociopath. nt Javaman May 2012 #12
OK, I've just got to ask: ashling May 2012 #14
Calling one's self an artist doesn't make one an artist. I just means you call yourself an artist. Throd May 2012 #17
Iditarod is cruel to dogs! TheFeinsch May 2012 #18
Isn't the Iditarod in AK? This is about something that happened in Germany. uppityperson May 2012 #20
Nice broad brush allegations there. Ruby the Liberal May 2012 #21
How would one protest the killing of an artist? undeterred May 2012 #19
That person, and the two who want to decapitate a sheep, should off Skip Intro May 2012 #22
I have to wonder if this "artist" flvegan May 2012 #23


(37,573 posts)
5. Well that ruins my idea
Thu May 3, 2012, 01:20 PM
May 2012

I had planned to shoot a rocket launcher at that German artist to protest the killing of people with drones in Pakistan.

Damn censorship


(17,584 posts)
6. This is fucked up in more ways than I can even imagine.
Thu May 3, 2012, 01:20 PM
May 2012

I nearly puked when I read this. "Protesting the killing of sled dogs in Alaska and hunting dogs in Spain"? Bullshit. This asshole is a sociopath.


(25,771 posts)
14. OK, I've just got to ask:
Thu May 3, 2012, 03:19 PM
May 2012

Wasn't Hitler an artist? Maybe that whole WWII and holocaust think was just performance art.



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18. Iditarod is cruel to dogs!
Thu May 3, 2012, 09:41 PM
May 2012

What happens to dogs during the Iditarod includes death, bloody diarrhea, paralysis, frostbite (where it hurts the most!), bleeding ulcers, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, kennel cough, broken bones, torn muscles and extreme stress. At least 142 dogs have died in the race, including two dogs who froze to death in the brutally cold winds.

Veterinary care during the Iditarod is poor. Here's just one example: Veterinarians have allowed dogs with kennel cough to race in the Iditarod even though dogs with this disease should be kept warm and given lots of rest. It's dangerous for the dogs with this disease to exercise with any intensity. Strenuous exercise can cause lung damage, pneumonia and even death. Kennel cough is a highly contagious disease that normally lasts from 10 to 21 days.

Iditarod dogs are beaten into submission
. Jane Stevens, a former Iditarod dog handler, describes a dog beating in her letter published by the Whitehorse Star (Feb. 23, 2011). She wrote: "I witnessed the extremely violent beating of an Iditarod racing dog by one of the racing industry's most high-profile top 10 mushers. Be assured the beating was clearly not within an 'acceptable range' of 'discipline'. Indeed, the scene left me appalled, sick and shocked. After viewing an individual sled dog repeatedly booted with full force, the male person doing the beating jumping back and forth like a pendulum with his full body weight to gain full momentum and impact. He then alternated his beating technique with full-ranging, hard and fast, closed-fist punches like a piston to the dog as it was held by its harness splayed onto the ground. He then staggeringly lifted the dog by the harness with two arms above waist height, then slammed the dog into the ground with full force, again repeatedly, all of this repeatedly."

During the 2007 race, eyewitnesses reported that musher Ramy Brooks kicked, punched and beat his dogs with a ski pole and a chain. Jon Saraceno wrote in his column in USA Today, "He [Colonel Tom Classen] confirmed dog beatings and far worse. Like starving dogs to maintain their most advantageous racing weight. Skinning them to make mittens. Or dragging them to their death."

Jim Welch says in his book Speed Mushing Manual, "Nagging a dog team is cruel and ineffective...A training device such as a whip is not cruel at all but is effective." He also said, "It is a common training device in use among dog mushers..." Former Iditarod dog handler Mike Cranford wrote in Alaska's Bush Blade Newspaper: "Dogs are clubbed with baseball bats and if they don't pull are dragged to death in harnesses....."

Iditarod dog kennels are puppy mills. Most mushers have more than 50 dogs. Some have more than 100. Mushers breed large numbers of dogs and routinely kill unwanted ones, including puppies. Many dogs who are permanently disabled in the Iditarod, or who are unwanted for any reason, including those who have outlived their usefulness or have no economic value, are killed with a shot to the head, dragged, drowned or clubbed to death.

FOR MORE FACTS: Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org


(115,697 posts)
20. Isn't the Iditarod in AK? This is about something that happened in Germany.
Thu May 3, 2012, 10:05 PM
May 2012

What does this Iditarod screed have to do with this subject?

Ruby the Liberal

(26,220 posts)
21. Nice broad brush allegations there.
Thu May 3, 2012, 10:13 PM
May 2012

Way to weaken the message about abused animals. No wonder so few listen.

Skip Intro

(19,768 posts)
22. That person, and the two who want to decapitate a sheep, should off
Thu May 3, 2012, 10:41 PM
May 2012

themselves and do the human race a favor.

Sick f'n people in this world...


(64,477 posts)
23. I have to wonder if this "artist"
Thu May 3, 2012, 10:46 PM
May 2012

kinda-sorta knew his court case would get more attention than any show he might put on strangling puppies. I've seen this story posted in many places, garnering much outrage.

He/she is either a complete moron, or pretty brilliant.

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