An artist in South Korea who uses dead or dying fish in his installation has been removed from a museum after complaints of animal cruelty.

Yu Buck filled 15 dead or dying goldfish in IV bags in an art piece he calls “Fish” in the Jeonnam Museum of Art in Gwangyang, South Korea. The art rightfully was considered by some to be cruel, and five of the 15 fish died after the exhibit opened. The museum removed the rest last week.

Buck’s piece in the exhibition “Mourning: In the Wake of Loss, A Curatorial Essay” caused concerns from animal lovers and animal rights activists, according to Korea Times.

“Art museums are designed to serve as open plazas as well as platforms for discussion,” a museum official told the Korea Times. “As we value the visitors’ feedback and the animal rights groups’ stance, we removed the goldfish after consulting with the artist.”

Source: PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)/Youtube

“The slow deaths of the goldfish were meant to be a part of my piece. Now that the fish are gone, it lost its meaning as a work of art,” Yu told the Korea Times. “While this may cause discomfort to general audiences, the artist thinks and expresses differently from members of the public.”

Given that fish, including goldfish, are incredibly sensitive to changes in their environment, they aren’t very humane pets. Check out what you can do to entertain yourself instead of getting a pet fish!

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