BROWN DOG STATUE
Found in London’s Battersea district, the Brown Dog Statue commemorates an unnamed terrier that was subjected to a series of nasty experiments at University College London in 1903. Some Swedish activists uncovered the goings-on at the medical school and, incensed, sparked the kind of PR nightmare most institutions dread. After three years of protest, a statue of the dog sitting upright and looking quite perky went up. A plaque was attached, naming the university as the perpetrator of crimes against the animal. This incensed some UCL students, and led to the so-called ‘Brown Dog Riots’, in which medical students from around the country clashed with antivivisectionists. The statue was attacked so often with crowbars that round-the-clock guards were sent in to protect it. The local council eventually got so sick of spending money on policing the statue that, in 1910, they removed it in the middle of the night. Seventy-five years later, a new Brown Dog Statue was commissioned by still-irate anti-vivisectionists. Unlike its docile predecessor, this one actually looks as if it’s about to undergo something unpleasant.