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Art museum faces backlash for strapping iPads on tortoises

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The Aspen Art Museum has defended putting three-pound platforms and iPads on tortoises that display video as part of a special art exhibition. (Source: KREX/FOX) The Aspen Art Museum has defended putting three-pound platforms and iPads on tortoises that display video as part of a special art exhibition. (Source: KREX/FOX)

ASPEN, CO (KREX/FOX) - The Aspen Art Museum is mounting iPads on the backs of tortoises for a new exhibition, a decision animal rights activists say is more abuse than art.

The Moving Ghost Town Exhibition opens Saturday and features three African sulcata tortoises roaming around the museum's roof deck garden. Each have two iPads strapped to their backs showing video of ghost towns around Aspen.

The art museum said the tortoises are well taken care of.

"There is no drilling going on," said Marcie Peters-Keirn with Aspen Art Museum visitors services. "There is nothing invasive about the platforms on their backs. The platform in totality with the iPads weighs about three pounds. I believe that art is in the eye of the beholder."

But one resident has begun a petition to have the technology removed. By Thursday, more than 3,000 signatures were collected on Change.org.

The Aspen Art Museum director said they have no plans to take the iPads off before the exhibit ends in September.

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