Letter: 'Olympic Chickens' an affront to art

Sir: As a representative of the arts world (I am a composer) I wish to express my revulsion for the photographs of Olympic Chickens by Carina Weidle which you published on 1 May.

If human corpses were shaved of hair, decapitated and manipulated in grotesque, statuesque parodies for "artistic" presentation, would this not constitute a violation of human dignity?

The protests over live animal transport are equally about dignity, and the arts world has a responsibility towards it, as Goya and Picasso demonstrate. To satirise slaughter in the manner of these photographs is an affront to the meaning of art.

Yours faithfully,

EDWIN ROXBURGH

East Horsley, Surrey

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