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Strange Things People Have Done With Animals
This hub is about strange and baffling things people have done with animals; it is a collection in progress. Not only does the past provide us with a baffling array or stand animal-based rituals, celebrations and sports--it seems we are still inventing new ones!
Diving Horses (1880s)
It was once popular to have horses dive from high platforms into water, sometimes with riders (preferably pretty ladies) on their backs. Diving on horses was one of the few daredevil acts traditionally performed by women. A New Jersey pier attempted to resurrect this old attraction but backpedaled when there was public opposition on animal welfare grounds.
Donkey Baseball (1930s)
In the thirties there was a strange fad of donkey baseball that has been revived sporadically ever since. Basically it is like normal baseball except that every player was to get around on a donkey. The donkeys are not always co-operative which presumably adds entertainment value.
In the modern era People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) oppose this sport because it is generally not a lot of fun for the donkeys.
Dancing with Dogs (1989)
Dancing with dogs, a.k.a. musical canine freestyle, was invented in the late 80s. Several countries hold competition scored using a combination of obedience and dance rules.
Marco Evaristti Puts Goldfish in Blenders (2000)
Artist Marco Evaristti made an art exhibit in Denmark where ten goldfish swam inside blenders. Members of the public could turn the blenders on if they wished. Due to public outrage the blenders were unplugged. the museum direct was ultimately found not to be guilty of animal cruelty because the method of killing is rapid.
Jasha Lottin Poses Inside Dead Horse (2011)
Jasha Lottinis a model who purchased a horse that was ill and scheduled for euthanasia. She then killed it humanely with a gunshot and posed nude inside the carcass to re-enact the scene from Star Wars where Luke Skywalker is warmed up by being placed inside the warm body of a freshly killed tauntaun. [Pictures here; warning graphic]