Artists hold online vote for fate of sheep

April 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

BERLIN, April 24 (UPI) -- A pair of German artists are allowing visitors to their Web site to vote on whether or not they will use a guillotine to behead a sheep.

Berlin artists Iman Rezai and Rouven Materne created a fully functioning guillotine and pictured it on their Web site alongside its possible victim, a live sheep, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

The artists said their "experiment" is a "reflection on our society" and "represents the current state of democracy," the British newspaper said They said more than 295,160 people had voted as of Tuesday morning, with the majority voting for the sheep to live.

Authorities said the pair could face animal cruelty charges if they lop off the sheep's head.

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