From ANIMAL PEOPLE
Morals & Society
EDITORIAL, April 2011
Is there no the ethical limit to what humans can do to helpless animals?
BY MERRITT CLIFTON, Animal People Magazine
CHILEAN SHOCK ARTIST Marco Evaristti won global notoriety in February 2000 with an exhibit at the Trapholt Art Museum in Kolding, Denmark, consisting of 10 blenders containing live goldfish. Visitors were invited to puree a goldfish.
Friends of Animals/Denmark, not affiliated with the U.S. organization Friends of Animals, won an injunction ordering that the electricity supply to the blenders should be cut off. When two goldfish were pureed anyhow, FoA/Denmark pursued criminal charges against Evaristti and museum director Peter Meyer. The case against Meyer went to court in May 2003. Meyer was acquitted, but even in Denmark, whose national identity is intertwined with commercial fishing, whale massacres in the Faroe Islands, and the Copenhagen fur trade, public opinion clearly rejected the notion of pulverizing live fish as “art.”
Evaristti, however, took the show on the road. On April 20, 2006 the blenders and goldfish arrived in Dornbirn, Austria. That night four animal advocates broke into the art gallery, smashed the blenders, and took the fish.