I’m hardly anti-science, and I’m not an animal rights activist. But I have to say I found this article in today’s NYT a little surprising.
Apparently, Brooklyn-based artist Elizabeth Demaray has set up an exhibit in which she feeds red ants only McDonald’s to see what will happen to them. According to the Times:
Ms. Demaray’s goal is to stage a commentary on the effects of the American diet on the creatures that depend on us for food.
OK, that’s all well and good, if not particularly novel (I think we all get the idea now about how bad fast food is for us), but the results of the study, unfortunately, are probably exactly what you would think:
At the gallery last week, many of the ants were dead. A few looked disoriented.
I mean, yeah! You’re feeding ants a steady diet of McDonald’s which is probably poison to them. I’m surpriused that she didn’t just consult with someone (or, take the advice of someone) who could already have told her that the ants would die, because all this seems like is cruel and unusual punishment for the little guys, in order to make a point that’s already been made a million times. Where is the outrage? Where are the picketers? Who will stand up for the ants??