Regarding the Oct. 2 editorial “The Guggenheim squashes free expression”:
One does not have to subscribe to the radical animal rights agenda to understand that the piece “Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other” removed by the Guggenheim does not belong in any art museum. The piece exploits the pain and fear of living creatures (if you doubt this, examine the scars on the dogs’ faces); that during the making of this video the dogs (apparently) were not at risk of physical injury has no bearing. This country forbids dog fighting and imprisons those who promote it; it also forbids certain two-dimensional depictions, including prurient images of children.
As a breeder of purebred dogs, I do not believe that animals have rights; I do believe that human stewards of animals have an obligation not to cause harm solely for our entertainment. If indeed (which I doubt) the video depicts a worthwhile idea, it could have been expressed in any number of ways that would not have exploited living creatures. The exhibit’s removal no more inhibits artistic expression than would the removal of child pornography or live dog fights.
Mary Lynn Elliston, Sterling