(ANIMAL ABUSE) AMSTERDAM — Dutch artist Katinka Simonse kills and mutilates animals in the name of performance art. Her blatant lack of respect for life has enraged animal activists and the Dutch animal welfare political party, Partij Voor de Dieren (Party for the Animals). Read on for Simonse’s disturbing form of “art,” and why many are petitioning against the Dutch government’s shortcomings on animal abuse. — Global Animal

By Colleen McDuling

But is this art? A Dutch woman by the name of Katinka Simonse (Tinkebell) has been killing animals for her art exhibitions. This form of art, known as performance art, is highly controversial and involves a live presentation by the artist.

The self-proclaimed artist, Katinka Simonse. Photo credit: multidcmd.wordpress.com

Simonse, 31, has caused outrage amongst animal rights supporters globally. She put 100 hamsters in tiny transparent plastic balls and made them run around a gallery, she threatened to put baby chicks through a shredder, she writes numbers on snails in her garden to keep track of them, she butchers dogs and dismembers them and she kills chicks and puts hooks in them in order to hang them up. A disturbing video of this may be seen here. Warning: Graphic content. Apparently, the hamsters were removed from her. Simply entering her name or her alias into any search engine such as Google, will reveal the myriad of atrocities that she has committed against the animal kingdom in the name of her art form. A few may be found here courtesy of piaberrend.org. Warning: Graphic content.

Of particular note is that fact that Simonse, not wanting to pay for her sick companion cat to be humanely euthanased by her veterinarian, decided to take matters in to her own hands and killed the cat herself by breaking the neck. The cat was skinned and the skin made into handbags. In an interview with the Dutch TV program, De Wereld Draait Door (The Turning World), Simonse clearly shows no remorse for her actions towards the cat and openly demonstrates to the interviewer how she broke the cat’s neck. She laughs her way through the interview. The video may be seen here. It is in Dutch. Simonse maintains that the cat was depressed and the killing was simply “mercy-killing.” The cat’s name was Pinkeltjie and was only 3 years old.

The Dutch animal rights and welfare political party, Partij Voor de Dieren (Party for the Animals), in a statement said that Simonse was disturbed, obsessive and was using this perverted form of art as a means of drawing attention to herself and as a means of sensationalism. They further stated that this is a clear example of where the animal welfare law in the Netherlands falls short, and have petitioned both Houses of Parliament for stricter laws and harsher sentences to be given to those who break the law.

Hate mail sent to Simonse has been published in a book called “Dearest Tinkebell.” The book is a joint project with fellow artist Coralie Vogelaar, who collected all the data. Published in 2009, the work itself is controversial. Vogelaar, who researched the origins of the mails, included the actual hate mails that Simonse received as well as personal information (photographs, blogs, addresses) from those who sent the hate mails. All this information was taken from the web. The majority of the hate mail (approximately 80%) came from America; other countries include The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Russia, UK and Brazil.

Two petitions are underway to attempt to bring Simonse to justice that are both directed at the Dutch government.

Perhaps, Simonse will be taken into custody and given the care that she clearly needs. Updates will be given to Global Animal as and when they arise. 

This is one of two petitions underway to attempt to bring Simonse to justice. It is sponsored by the organisation Change.org
This is a second petition to urge the Dutch government to obtain Katinka and put her on trial for animal abuse.

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  1. Look on YouTube for *Cupcake Katinka Simonse*. The horse that she used to make the lifesize My Little Pony is made from a horse bought – ALIVE – in Pennsylvania that was destined to go to a glue factory. The horse was killed, sent to a taxidermy business and then transported to the New York to Katinka's studio for her *art*. Nice, eh? Then you can watch this YouTube video:
    Firma Caris presents: TINKEBELL. SAVE THE WORLD project #1: Gambia: The Dog This nutcase had a street dog brought all the way from GAMBIA to Amsterdam, only to LEAVE HER IN AN ANIMAL SHELTER, TAKE PHOTOS AND WALK OUT! *Dierenbescherming* in Dutch. WHAT KIND OF PERSON DOES THIS???

  2. My dear Rose , let me explain something about "killing" her cat. Her cat (which she loved very much) was allready very sick and had a few month to live, The animal doctor said it's better for the cat that she put to sleep. Katinka wanted to do it by herself and she did by injection. What for God's sake is wrong about that !!! If I see a dying animal besides the road , suffering , I will kill it !!! and maybe with a piece of rock. The thing is that she made a bag out of her cat , and people hated her for it because they didn't understand the reason why she made a bag out of her dead cat.
    Rose , every day tenthousands of animals are killed to make food and leather shoes and clothes. Please , stop being narrow minded and know about the real facts about this woman. She made a book with all the hate comments in it and it is scary !

  3. In your ignorance I hope you find that what you say on your page and what you say here are contradictory. My work with keeping as many animals alive, healthy and happy as possible will never be tainted by my discord for people who cannot see past their own noses.

  4. The fact that the items made of dead animals not to your liking does not mean what it says in this page true. It is still a pile of shite. In your ignorance, keep fuming over it. I hope it does not get in the way of your the selfless work that you do to bring attention to animal welfare.

  5. Nathalie Verstappen And, "my dear" I DO read all I can on this with an open mind, you just do this because you think it's "cool". Speaking from experience is always better than speaking from lack of knowledge, you should try it some time, sweetie.

  6. Nathalie Verstappen Can you say something besides a link to intelligence to which you obviously lack yourself? You haven't read any good replies because you don't understand what's being said here at all. And if "old" is simply being more mature and responsible then so be it. hahahaah Your comments are redundant and childish and have no basis on any level. You speak as a child there fore you will be treated as one. Move on.