ADVISORY - Our story from May 30, 2007 headlined “Man eats dog in protest against Britain’s royals” contained a reference to Yoko Ono. This was inaccurate and Reuters has apologised to Ono for the error. There follows a repeat of the corrected story published on June 4.
LONDON (Reuters) - A British artist has eaten a Corgi dog, the breed favoured by the Queen, live on radio to protest against the royal family’s treatment of animals.
Mark McGowan, 37, said he ate “about three bites” of the dog meat, cooked with apples, onions and seasoning, to highlight what he called Prince Philip’s mistreatment of a fox during a hunt by the Queen’s husband in January.
“It was pretty disgusting,” McGowan said of the meal, which he ate while appearing on a London radio station on Tuesday.
“I’ve never tasted anything like it -- it was grey and had a very funny smell. It was horrible,” McGowan told Reuters.
McGowan said he was angered by the fact the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, of which the royal family is a patron, had not prosecuted Prince Philip for hunting and killing the fox. The RSPCA said the fox did not suffer.
Corgis are the favoured dogs of the Queen, who has owned more than 30 of them during her reign. McGowan said the one he ate was bought from a Corgi breeder several months ago.
McGowan is well known for his outlandish performance stunts. He has previously eaten a swan in another protest against the Queen. Swans are protected by the monarchy.