This is not recent news, but it is new to me. I'm usually a liberal supporter of freedom of speech (and artistic expression), even when -- or especially when -- it is offenseive to narrowminded, conformist mores. But I don't like it when people use live animals in art. I just think it is cruel and unnecessary to do this. Why can't people just leave animals alone? Surprisingly, I had a hard time finding an article on this that condemned Delvoye; most, like this one below, were positive.
Wim Delvoye’s art farm
Wim Delvoye is an oddly fascinating fellow, from creating a machine that actually manufactures REAL POO (!), to other artistic ventures ranging from stained glass field goals to other works of “poop art“. The Belgian artist bought a pig farm in Beijing, China and has been churning out tattooed pigs. Wim’s tattoo art ranges from Disney characters to Louise Vuitton signature pattern to Russian prison tats. Buyers have the option of “adopting” their pig and watching it via web cam while it lives out its days getting tattoos, being fed sugar cubes by visitors and frolicking in a grassy meadow. Each pig receives individual care from appointed “moisturisers” to keep the tats in good condition up until they reach maturity, then they harvest said tattoos in a few ways. You can either have your pig taxedermied, you can get the raw hide to hang on a wall and If you want it real classy, you can get it stretched over canvas. PETA would have a field day with this guy! be sure to check out more here!