Petition: Strapping iPads to tortoises is cruel

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — 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 (Tsai Gwo-Chang) 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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