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Guggenheim under fire for art exhibit showing dogs trying to fight

NEW YORK — The Guggenheim Museum in New York is facing pressure to remove a planned video instillation showing dogs trying to fight each other.

Dogs part of an art display showing the American pit bulls charging each other, but not touching, is pictured. (Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Habana)

The video, entitled "Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other" is a recording of a 2003 Beijing art piece that had four pairs of American pit bulls on opposing treadmills charging at each other but not touching. The New York Times reports animal rights supporters call the video animal abuse and are running a petition encouraging the museum to remove it and other pieces.

The Guggenheim said Thursday that the piece is intentionally provocative and the dogs in the video were not harmed.

A petition against the display states, "animal cruelty holds no place in art in the United States, nor should it anywhere in the world."

The planned three-month exhibit, "Art and China After 1989," will feature a number of similar pieces, including one involving live insects and reptiles.