Friday, April 18, 2008

Is It Really Any Worse Than Making Them Smoke Cigars and Play Poker?

Okay, everyone, I've already gotten about 15 copies of the "Animal Cruelty in the Name of Art -- Please Read and Act!" email, so there's no need to send me any more.

This is a very serious matter...

In 2007, the 'artist' Guillermo Vargas Habacuc, took a dog from the street, tied him to a rope in an art gallery, and starved him to death.

For several days, the 'artist' and the visitors of the exhibition have watched emotionless the shameful 'masterpiece' based on the dog's agony, until eventually he died.

But this is not all... the prestigious Visual Arts Biennial of the Central American decided that the 'installation' was actually art, so that Guillermo Vargas Habacuc has been invited to repeat his cruel action for the biennial of 2008.


As amusing as it is to scroll through the angry comments of the (thus far) 367,268 signatories, the outrage appears to be misplaced - at least according to those known vivisectionists over at The Humane Society:

Q. Is it true that a Central American artist used a starving dog in an art exhibit?

We are aware of this story and have asked our contacts in Central America for more information. According to local animal welfare organizations, the dog was in a state of starvation when he was captured from the street for display in the exhibit. We have also been informed that the dog spent one day in the exhibit and later escaped the gallery. We do not condone the actions of this so-called "artist," and condemn the use of live animals in exhibits such as this. An animal welfare organization in Honduras, where the next art show will be held, is keeping close watch on the case and assures us that the artist will not repeat his objectionable exhibit.

If possessing a dog who appears hungry is a crime, our little perrito should have gotten me locked up years ago.

Still, if anyone wants to start spamming the world with our post about the 500 Mexico City street dogs drowned and electrocuted every day, we'd welcome the boost in traffic. That one, as the man said, has the added advantage of being true.


Anonymous said...

First, your perrito will never be confused with a starving dog!
Second, just when I think humans have reached the bottom of the barrel, something like this "artist" comes along and proves me wrong!
I don't think I want to be around to see the "human" race sink any lower.


Burro Hall said...

I promise, you'll never have to live in a world where guys tie up hungry dogs for two days.

Anonymous said...

And by "hungry" you mean "obese" and "lazy," right?