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Petitioners calling for Colorado museum to stop use of tortoises

Associated Press Updated: August 6, 2014 at 1:19 pm

ASPEN — Online petitioners are calling on the Aspen Art Museum to cancel an upcoming exhibit featuring three tortoises with iPads mounted on their backs.

The exhibit by Cai Guo-Qiang called "Moving Ghost Town" and is set to open Saturday as part of the public grand opening of the town's new $45 million museum. The African Sulcata tortoises will roam around grass on the museum's roof deck garden. Each will have two iPads showing video of three area ghost towns, which the museum says were filmed by the animals.

The petition started by Lisbeth Oden of Aspen calls the exhibit animal abuse and asks that the animals be given to a sanctuary.

A museum spokesman and the artist didn't immediately return calls.

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