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"Art" - starved dog (graphic pic) Please read.

Bristol
April 7th, 2008, 06:40 PM
Hello fellow animal lovers. I was Sent this story this morning and I am still sick to my stomach. I'm not sure if any of you have heard of this 'Artist'. He is an "artist" who let a stray dog starve to death and had the nerve to call it art. After reading the website below, I am just horrified and you will be too.

Please take the time to view this link to the petition website to get this monster stopped before he does this sick display again.

http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/675045

Thank you all.

Bristol.

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jealma
April 8th, 2008, 08:59 AM
She must realy suck as an artist when she has to kill in order to sell her work. Anyone interested in buying her work is sick too, who would want a sad picture like that over a happy healthy dog. That is like being hitler and hanging pictures of his victims in his room for enjoyment. Amazing what can be done in the name of art,, in the name of love, in the name of freedom. who's idea of Art? Who's idea of love? who's idea of freedom would this even come close to?

Love4himies
April 8th, 2008, 09:26 AM
I can't look. Isn't starving a dog for what ever reasons considered cruelty? Isn't there laws that state owners must provide the basics, food, water, shelter?

Bristol
April 8th, 2008, 01:27 PM
"who would want a sad picture like that over a happy healthy dog. "

The thing is, the dog starving is the exibit. I have seen other pictures from other websites showing people standing at the art exibit drinking there cocktails and watching the dog die. How anyone can think a dog chained to a wall, and a bowl of food on the otherside of the room that the dog can't get to is art makes me sick.

Bristol

rainbow
April 8th, 2008, 01:42 PM
I can't look. Isn't starving a dog for what ever reasons considered cruelty? Isn't there laws that state owners must provide the basics, food, water, shelter?

I thought so too and there's no way I can look either. :sad:

Purpledomino
April 8th, 2008, 01:52 PM
Okay, now I am truly disturbed.....the thought of this happening is going to haunt me for sure. :sad:

ancientgirl
April 8th, 2008, 02:08 PM
This is beyond disgusting. I would think even being an audience for this would be considered cruelty as you are willingly allowing an animal to starve.

I can't even fathom what kind of a sick twisted mind would do, much less want to see this.

Are the authorities even doing anything about this? I haven't gone to that link, I'm not brave enough to see or read it. But from what I've on here it sounds beyond disturbing.

aslan
April 8th, 2008, 02:10 PM
To those of you who didn't look, yes its very disturbing, and i think it said its in honduras so don't know what the laws are there. Personally i think whats good for the goose.

SARAH
April 8th, 2008, 02:22 PM
No idea of Honduran laws, but I wouldn't think an animal has too many rights in that part of the world (either). Regardless of law, where is the sense of humanity in "artist", exhibitor and viewer?! Sick, sick people. They deserve to be treated the same way.

Bristol
April 8th, 2008, 09:18 PM
Please keep this thread going everyone. I can't belive they are going to let this monster do this again to other Defenseless dogs at upcoming shows.

Bristol

Frenchy
April 8th, 2008, 09:20 PM
I just signed the petition ... but I found it hard to believe that this is legal .... I know it's in Honduras but don't they have animal protection over there ? :wall:

Frenchy
April 8th, 2008, 09:24 PM
Isn't there more we could do ? I don't trust signing petition will make a difference :o

Bristol
April 8th, 2008, 09:59 PM
Petitions count to art gallerys who agreed to show "it's" work. There are many groups trying to boycot and stop this from happening to other dogs at upcoming galleries.

Bristol

Shaykeija
April 9th, 2008, 12:47 AM
I could not look. That poor baby. Race to the bridge baby where there is food and compassion. :rip::candle:

Frenchy
April 9th, 2008, 11:20 AM
I've e-mailed the lady who made the petition. Got an automatic reply because she's getting too many e-mails and just can't answer them. She is basicly asking for more help.

I'm pretty sure Peta are aware of this situation , but I will contact them anyway. Who else can I contact ?

Amee
April 9th, 2008, 11:31 AM
That is horrible, some people are sick.

Bristol
April 9th, 2008, 06:58 PM
I've e-mailed the lady who made the petition. Got an automatic reply because she's getting too many e-mails and just can't answer them. She is basicly asking for more help.

I'm pretty sure Peta are aware of this situation , but I will contact them anyway. Who else can I contact ?

I've been seaching the net all day for more groups to help. I'm curious to hear what P.E.T.A. has to say about this.

Bristol

Frenchy
April 9th, 2008, 08:37 PM
I've been seaching the net all day for more groups to help. I'm curious to hear what P.E.T.A. has to say about this.

Bristol

I will keep you posted.

Bristol
April 9th, 2008, 11:11 PM
Thank you Frenchy. :)

geoffh4
April 10th, 2008, 10:44 AM
Im always a little wary of things like this that sound much to cruel to be possible, so I checked "Snopes" urban legend website and did find an article on the story. Here is the link:

http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/vargas.asp

Basically, snopes alleges that the story may or may not be true, and that it is currently "uncomfirmed"

There is an artist by that name, the exhibit DID exist, but what they are saying is that the director of the art gallery said the dog was not starving. According to the director, the dog was fed quite well and only appeared to be in poor health for the exhibit, and that it was actually in good health and escaped during the night. Sounds a little fishy to me, but who knows what to believe.

Anyway, check it out for yourself.

If this is true, I can't believe anyone would stand for it. Cruelty for cruelty sake is just plane disgusting

Bristol
April 10th, 2008, 10:52 AM
Hmmm. How does a dog "only appear to be in poor health for the exhibit"?

Bristol

ancientgirl
April 10th, 2008, 11:36 AM
Even "if" the dog isn't starving, it's still sick to want to see an animal in that condition.

mmonroe
April 10th, 2008, 12:23 PM
OMG! How our society has declined! Poor puppy is in a better place now. :angel2:

katherine93
April 10th, 2008, 04:21 PM
hi, im new here. that is just waaay to sick! Some people have pretty twisted minds if they think that doing that is okay.. Ugh If somebody did that to my dog i would kill them

Reality
April 10th, 2008, 07:45 PM
Bristol has a marvolus point. And what a stupid thing to say.

mastifflover
April 11th, 2008, 08:41 AM
That is not art. That is cruelty to animals and the Bit** should be starved to death and call it art.

geoffh4
April 11th, 2008, 11:02 AM
Bristol has a marvolus point. And what a stupid thing to say.

Not trying to defend this guy, as I totally do not agree with it no matter the reasons, but just to play devil's advocate:

if this guy is indeed an "artist" it should be easy to make a perfectly happy and healthy dog appear to be in poor health. Hair cut certain ways, certain lighting conditions, an older dog who likes to sleep most of the day, no baths, a little carefully placed dirt and/or makeup to create false injury looking areas and there you go.

My dog is perfectly healthy, but put in the right atmosphere, I think he would look a bit skinny. Perception is powerful, and lighting/music/etc can really change what people see. Its the same way you can look great in one mirror and totally horrific in the next.

As for people "wanting" to see a starving dog, that is a little strange. Thats what the artist is supposedly illustrating with the hypocrisy that people want to see a starving dog if its called art, but dont want to see it if its walking around their house.

Anyway, like I said before, if this guy did indeed starve a dog to death like the OP asserted, it is beyond sick and should be dealt with ASAP.

Frenchy
April 13th, 2008, 06:44 PM
Just as I was starting to search for infos , I clicked on the first link again : http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/675045


there is now an update saying it's a hoax. :shrug: and it explains why the artist did this , if it's true , he does have a point. That people went mad because a dog was starving in an art gallery but that nobody speaks up about all the ones on the streets .....

duttypaws
April 13th, 2008, 06:48 PM
:sad: i just saw this... i actually dont know what to say! :shrug:

rainbow
April 13th, 2008, 06:49 PM
Starting to sound like a publicity stunt to me.

14+kitties
April 13th, 2008, 07:06 PM
Disgusting either way but if he did it to call attention to the plight of the dogs on the street then maybe, just maybe, he can be forgiven.

Frenchy
April 13th, 2008, 07:10 PM
Disgusting either way but if he did it to call attention to the plight of the dogs on the street then maybe, just maybe, he can be forgiven.

It sounds like that was the idea. I wouldn't call it a publicity stunt as he got death threats because of this. :shrug: He must have known this wouldn't help selling his art stuff :shrug:

rainbow
April 13th, 2008, 07:15 PM
It sounds like that was the idea. I wouldn't call it a publicity stunt as he got death threats because of this. :shrug: He must have known this wouldn't help selling his art stuff :shrug:

Some people don't care enough about their pets to think that way though. :frustrated:

MyBirdIsEvil
April 15th, 2008, 01:08 PM
Until the artist gives a clear answer and proves otherwise I'm going to assume the dog was mistreated.

As an artist, it stands to reason that the "exhibit" and the making of it would be fully documented. If the artist didn't do anything wrong they should easily be able to prove it.

Bristol
April 16th, 2008, 08:31 AM
Until the artist gives a clear answer and proves otherwise I'm going to assume the dog was mistreated.

As an artist, it stands to reason that the "exhibit" and the making of it would be fully documented. If the artist didn't do anything wrong they should easily be able to prove it.

I could not agree more.

Bristol

katherine93
June 20th, 2008, 12:41 PM
I know this post is from a few months back but, i was wondering if anybody has heard anything about this lately. If the guy had be 'punished' ? or if hes at it again etc.






-katherine

Dingo
June 20th, 2008, 01:51 PM
The very article the OP links to states clearly that the dog wasn't harmed:

artist Guillermo Habacuc Vargas intended the work to be a stunt to show how a starving dog suddenly becomes the centre of attention when it is in a gallery, but not when it is on the street. The work was intended to expose people for what they really are - "hyprocritical sheep". He said that in order for the work to be valid, he and the gallery had to give the impression that the dog was genuinely starving to death and that it died.

Juanita Bermúdez, director of the Codex Gallery, stated that he would not have allowed the dog to be mistreated, that it ate and drank regularly, and that it was allowed to escape back to the streets from where it was taken at the end of the exhibit. "It is conceptual art and a work that leaves a social message", he said.

katherine93
June 21st, 2008, 07:22 AM
oh.. Thanks dingo:thumbs up