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An Artist has killed 9,000 butterflies for a piece of art he was working on, sparking outrage among animal lovers.
Damien Hirst allegedly commenced a butterfly massacre for his artwork "In and Out of Love," according to the Huffington Post.
The process of slaughtering so many butterflies was not an easy job; 23 year old Hirst killed about 400 butterflies a week for his piece of art.
The artwork was created for show at The Tate Modern, in an area of the art museum consisting of two rooms with no windows. Inside those rooms he placed hundreds of live butterflies, where they were trapped with no sunlight. Inside the room the butterflies would be swatted, trodden on, or simply left in there to die.
A PETA representative hearing about the massacre has said, "Damien Hirst's quest to be edgy is as boring as it is callous. It does not matter whether Hirst killed the animals himself or sat by while thousands of them were massacred for his own unjustifiable amusement. Butterflies are beautiful parts of nature and should be enjoyed in the wild instead of destroyed for something predictable and unimaginative."
The Tate Modern has refused to condemn Hirst of the piece of art. They have said, "The butterflies used in this work were all...selected from varieties known to thrive in the conditions created. The butterflies lived out the final stage of their natural life cycle inside this room."