Individuals who identify as dogs recently gathered in the heart of Berlin in an unusual and controversial gathering, perplexing local authorities and locals.
An estimated 1,000 people who wish to be identified as canines rather than humans gathered at Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz railway station in Germany, communicating exclusively by howling or barking at one another.
This rare occurrence has sparked debate on the limits of freedom of personal expression and led to requests for animal control officials to intervene.
The group sparked cries for tighter animal control after the video of their Berlin meet-up went viral.
Critics threw jabs online, with some offering to test the herd’s “canine instincts.”
The event took place on Tuesday, September 19th, 2023.
Meanwhile, some psychologists urge that the distinction between those who identify as a creature other than humans, or “therians,” and people who like to play dress up in animal suits or “furries,” even though both groups are essentially playing dress up.