Written by PETA
As part of its new sculpture park, the Memorial Art
Gallery (MAG) at the University of Rochester is planning to install a piece by Tom Otterness, who notoriously
purchased a dog from an animal shelter, tied him to a fence, and shot him to
death as part of a 1977 "art" film. Although he has since apologized,
he reportedly has yet to make any meaningful gesture of regret, such as
donating time or money to a reputable
Public outcry has led to the cancellation or postponement of other Otterness
sculptures, including a planned New York Public Library sculpture that was
canceled after PETA
protested. So far, MAG has ignored
the most recent protests and plans to proceed
with Otterness' commission.
PETA is urging people to avoid visiting MAG so that the
gallery will get the message that killing animals is always cruel and that animal
abusers should be held accountable. Instead, we encourage people to check out
artists such as Miru Kim
and Nafe Nanfeng as well as art collective Neozoon, all of whom use their
work to help stop cruelty to animals.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
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animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
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