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**Warning…the links below have gruesome/graphic images of a starving dog.

From what I can tell by researching different articles on the so-called “artist” Guillermo Vargas Habacuc, most claims and petitions against him are valid.

Habacuc allegedly hired children to catch a feral dog. It is said that he tied the dog to a short leash at a gallery for several days, with no food and water until it died. There are pictures to support this evidence. Many people visited and watched this dog die.

The Central American Biennial, a prestigious exhibition, somehow concluded that this heinous act as art, and Habacuc has been invited to repeat his “exhibit” at the Biennial of 2008 in Honduras.

Habacuc has claimed that what he “was attempting to prove was that those who saw the suffering of the dog just walked on by and that if it had been left on the street to die, no-one would have even known of its existence,” according to EuroWeekly.

It was also reported that the dog did not die, but escaped, and that it had been fed by Habacuc and was only tied up during the gallery opening times. There is obviously no way to confirm this statement.

What is apparent to me is the fact that this display was an act of cruelty. Whether it’s considered “artful” or not is besides the point…it is first and foremost cruel and intended to generate pain and suffering on an innocent animal.

Furthermore, Vargas’ claim that if this animal “had been left on the street to die, no-one would have even known of its existence” is completely untrue. Not everyone is so heartless and savage as yourself, Guillermo. At the very least, when the creature was abandoned, he was given a chance. A chance to scrounge for food and drink from a dirty puddle. The chance to stretch his legs and exercise. The chance that someone with a heart would have taken him in to become a member of their family.

He cannot repeat this act. His participation in the 2008 Biennial must be stopped. Please visit this site or this site to sign the petition against this.

2 Responses to “Heinous.”

  1. girl with the mask Says:

    What a twat. The thing that makes us human is the ability to rationalise things and make a difference.

    At least he has gotten people taking, I suppose.

  2. Colleen_Katana Says:

    Hey lady!

    Good point, I love what you said about the thing that makes us human. The thing that kills me is that the possibility of him going down in the history books is relatively high. Controversial exhibits always create fame…it’s just a shame that it has to be at the dispense of another living being.

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