Animal Rights Sweden, the country's largest animal-rights organization
with 36,000 members, has launched an attack against the organizers of
the Gates of Metal festival over Norwegian black metal band MAYHEM's
use of animal parts during their performance at the event (Photo#1,
Photo#2), which took place this past weekend (see previous
"I think it's very sad that animal parts were used on one of the
stages," Animal Rights Sweden chairman Per-Anders Svärd (photo) told
the Swedish newspaper Östran/Nyheterna. "The festival organizer should
have put a stop to it. You diminish the value of animal life by doing
this. You sacrifice animals and you use them as props in a show for
entertainment shock-value purposes. That's the worst part, I think.
"Dogs and cats get the respect they deserve. What if MAYHEM had
brought with them mutilated dog and cat carcasses to Hultsfred [where
Gates of Metal was held]? Then every journalist in Sweden would be
calling me right now. But now we're talking about pigs and sheep and
then it's apparently not as interesting."
Per-Anders Svärd believes that pigs, sheep, cows and other mammals
should be treated the same way as dogs and cats.
"In principle, there is no difference between these animals. Life is
probably the same for most mammals."