I find this quite amusing. The 2004 Cow Parade’s world-travelling mascot was held hostage by the Militant Graffiti Artists of Stockholm (Sweden) and beheaded as a consequence of governments failing to rid cows from off the streets.
Here’s their Manifesto:
"We, the members of The Militant Graffiti Artists of Stockholm feel morally obligated to protect our city against the Cows that have invaded our streets.
The cows are Not Art. That these cows are presented as Public Art is the biggest fraud. Advertisements can never be art.
Freedom of Expression doesn’t belong to the average person anymore, only to those who have the money to buy a billboard or in this case, a cow that serves the same purpose as a billboard.
We believe Freedom of Expression is threatened. Challenging the legitimacy of the of the cows in order to defend Freedom of Expression is the duty of every citizen.
We have taken a hostage. We demand that the cows be declared Non-Art and that all the cows, before 12:00 August 23rd, leave our streets. We also demand walls where we Stockholmers can paint and practice our freedom of expression.
If our demands are not met, the hostage will be sacrificed. Vandalism and artistic justice will be administered."
The cows were not removed, and a video was sent to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, showing the beheading. The former website of this operation, www.wegotthecow.as.ro, has been taken down.