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Friday, August 26, 2011

Photos: Alice Newstead, Anti-Shark Finning Activist, Hangs Herself from Hooks in SF

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 7:40 AM

Alice Newstead, in SF on Wednesday
  • Alice Newstead, in SF on Wednesday

We've got just what you need as we approach week's end, faithful Snitch readers: More gross performance-art photos!

Earlier this week we wrote about Alice Newstead, the performance artist who hangs herself from shark hooks inserted in her skin to protest the practice of shark finning. A ban on the shark-fin trade -- the fins are the key ingredient in shark fin soup, a beloved delicacy of Western gourmets and traditional Chinese cuisines -- is currently moving through California's legislature.

On Wednesday, Newstead took her act to the Union Street branch of LUSH Cosmetics, a business that has joined the effort to ban shark finning. We regrettably couldn't make it to catch the demonstration in person, but a LUSH spokesperson sent us some photos. Forget about that tasty soup, and feast your eyes on this. (Warning: This might induce some cringes among those of you unaccustomed to the sight of women dangling by shark hooks piercing the skin of their backs.)

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