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Guggenheim Museum pulls controversial animal art exhibits

From BBC - September 26, 2017

The Guggenheim Museum in New York has pulled three exhibits featuring animals after receiving "explicit and repeated threats of violence".

Campaigners had complained that the works showed "cruelty against animals in the name of art".

A petition to pull the exhibits had gained more than 500,000 signatures.

The museum said they will not now be shown "out of concern for the safety of its staff, visitors, and participating artists".

'Cruel manipulation of animals'

The works were due to be in an exhibition titled Art and China after 1989: Theatre of the World, which opens on 6 October.

One of the works, titled Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other (2003), shows a film of pitbull dogs on treadmills that are not able to reach each other.

The American Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals issued a statement objecting to the "cruel manipulation of animals".

Freedom of expression 'paramount'

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