Alice Newstead is a performance artist who literally hung herself up on fish hooks to raise awareness for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
To protest the harvesting and selling of shark fins, Newstead painted her body to resemble a shark and then proceeded to hang herself in the store window of a really posh shop in London.
“I am doing this because the demand for shark fin soup and other shark products is wiping out the shark population,” the young activist said.
“I have had my torso, legs, arms, stomach and knees pierced before so that I could hang from them, so this is no big deal. Being hung from the chest is more painful than the back because it restricts your breathing, but as long as the piercer knows what they are doing then it is completely safe,” she said.
Sea Shepard is trying to raise awareness of the peril of sharks who are threatened by fishermen who are catching them, cutting off their fins to sell as a food delicacy, and then dumping the live sharks back into the ocean to die.
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Alice Newstead is a performance artist who hung herself for a cause.
Activists Hangs Herself On Fish Hooks
By: Going Like Sixty - Published: Sep 6, 2008 • References: northamptonchron