Germany: Artist banned from strangling puppies

Authorities in Berlin intervened when a German artist planned to strangle two puppies to death on stage in a Berlin theatre. The unknown artist was allegedly 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 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 Guardian – 3 May 2012:
Court stops German artist strangling puppies to death on stage
Scrapped performance at Berlin theatre was said by its creator to be a protest against killing of dogs in Alaska and Spain


The Local – 27 April 2012:
Artist banned from strangling puppies




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