A bronze statue of a horse has been forced to don iron underpants in case another statue - of the Virgin Mary - is offended by its anatomincal accuracy. The local anti-vivisection league in Catania, Sicily, has complained. Representative Alfio Lisi said:
Covering a bronze statue's genitals is a thoroughly irresponsible and inconceivable act. Someone should explain to the municipality that we're not living in the Middle Ages anymore. Acts like this have been done in the past, but don't they realise that it was God who created all the creatures as they are, including their genitals? I don't think that the Madonna's statue will be embarrassed by the sight of bronze genitals and above all, art shouldn't really be censored whatsoever.
Iron pants cover horse statue's genitals for religious procession - Ananova, July 17th 2002.