Judge allows Berlin opera to employ bunnies in the RingNews
A Berlin court yesterday overturned complaints of cruelty from an animal rights group and authorised the Staatsoper to reinstate its caged rabbits in Richard Wagner’s ‘Ring des Nibelungen’.
The director Dmitri Tcherniakov had called for more than 30 guinea pigs and rabbits to appear in his malodorous production.
Most were removed after the opening night, but they can bounce back now – you’ll be pleased to hear.
The question of whether Wagner’s music might be distressing to smaller mammals was not directly addressed in the judgement.