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Painted chicks lead to abuse charge for Swedish magician

David Landes · 5 Jun 2009, 09:31

Published: 05 Jun 2009 09:31 GMT+02:00

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The chicks were sprayed with glow in the dark paint, and forced to endure the pulsating music and crowded dance floor of the F12 nightclub on a lively night in late-August last year, the Metro newspaper reports.

The magician and organizers at the club claimed the stunt was “art”, but a guest at the bar that evening had another opinion.

“The chickens were really scared, shaking and peeping. It was horrible,” Felicia Linder told the newspaper at the time.

Linder called police who were also shocked by what they saw.

“They were painted with glow in the dark paint, were running all over the place, and were really stressed. I’ve never seen anything like it in 30 years,” Lisbeth Morin of the Stockholm police told Metro.

The magician had purchased the chicks on Blocket.se, a popular buy-and-sell website in Sweden.

The charges are based on the opinion of a veterinarian who believes the animals endured undue suffering during their night at the Stockholm night club.

Not only was the paint itself highly toxic, it also made it impossible for the chicks to adjust their body temperature.

The 27-year-old magician denies that he committed any crime, claiming he had no idea the chicks were suffering.

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But the head of F12, Magnus Jansson, told Metro club management would be more careful in the future.

“I can only say I’m sorry that things went so far that night,” he said.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:25 June 5, 2009 by Reptile
It's hard to read stuff like that because it really makes me want to cry for real.
10:54 June 5, 2009 by Suprise
If not for the stress he caused to baby animals.. He should be charged for the spraying them with a toxic paint.. What kind of idiot does that for any reason?
11:56 June 5, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
and yet it is not illegal for him to have sex with them :)
13:28 June 5, 2009 by Random Guy
......and now you can buy the chickens at ica, enjoy dinner to a glowing review!

15:54 June 5, 2009 by Steggles
I think the 'Chicken Dance' died out back in the late 70's when it was popular!

I hope they weren't "Steggles" chickens.
15:58 June 5, 2009 by wigglywoo2
How about painting him in Toxic paint and parading him up and down the street -or better still in a place that could be a bit unsavoury! ..maybe he would have a samll idea of the embarrasment and hurt that he has caused these poor little things, quite apart from them being scared and toxic paint, they must have been no more than a few days old and VERY cold! what's the matter with the man .is he unhinged?.
16:41 June 5, 2009 by Norum
why not charge all those crazy dog owners that paint their pets as well?
02:45 June 6, 2009 by dtes
i want his address!
07:23 June 6, 2009 by Jeffi
Poor dears were running around like chickens with.... err... umm... their head cut off.
07:27 June 6, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
No need to crow on about it.
08:13 June 6, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
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17:31 June 6, 2009 by Gustav- Fælbönnran
Chicks at that size need a lot of heat, and constant food and water. I wonder how many of them dropped dead shortly after the "performance".
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