Individuals who identify as dogs recently gathered in the heart of Berlin in an unusual and somewhat controversial gathering, which left local authorities and locals perplexed. This rare occurrence has sparked debate about the limits of personal expression and led to calls for intervention from animal control officials.
A group of dog-loving humans have sparked cries for “animal control” after a video of their meeting in Berlin went viral. An estimated 1,000 people who wished to be identified as canines rather than humans gathered at Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz train station in Germany and communicated exclusively by howling or barking at each other.
Critics mocked trans-species people online, with some offering to test the pack’s “canine instincts.”
When did people who identify as dogs get together?
The event took place on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. The event sparked various reactions online, with some expressing support and curiosity and others mocking and criticizing the participants.
Why did this meeting happen?
Hundreds of people who identify as dogs gathered at the Potsamer Platz train station in central Berlin on Tuesday for a meeting organized by a group called “Canine Beings” that defends the rights of people who identify as dogs. dogs. #dogs.Germany. pic.twitter.com/n3Wj13SeIC
– Funny News Hub (@Funnynewshub) September 20, 2023
This unusual canine gathering follows the global renown of Toco, a person in Japan who, after purchasing a $14,000 hyper-realistic costume, is now living his lifelong dream of being a dog.
Experts have urged a distinction between “therians,” those who “identify as a creature other than human” and “furries,” people who like to dress up in animal costumes, according to the New York Post.
Some therians, short for “therianthrope,” for example, may “believe they are a cat soul reincarnated in a human body,” according to Dr. Elizabeth Fein, an associate professor of psychology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
“Some furries are therians and some therians are furries, but they are two different groups,” he explained.
Dog-human hybrids that have gained fame on the Internet
Tom Peters, a Brit who previously revealed he identified as a Dalmatian, and Toru Ueda, a Tokyo engineer who spent $23,000 on a handmade wolf suit, are two other Internet-famous human-dog hybrids.
“When I wear my costume, I feel like I’m not human anymore,” Ueda, 32, previously told the UK Times. “I am no longer involved in human relationships. I can forget about all kinds of work-related problems and other problems.”
However, animal behavior has been fetishized as a BDSM fetish known as “puppy play,” in which participants, usually men, wear muzzles, collars, or leashes and act like dogs.
Some OnlyFans models have become street dogs to make more money, discovering that canine behavior is highly lucrative.
Jenna Phillips, an erotic content artist, said in 2020 that she earned $10,000 a month just by acting like a puppy, collar and all.
“It’s crazy,” he exclaimed. “I never imagined that such a large audience would see my strange dog problem or that so many people would like it or care.” “It still surprises me.”
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