This is off the beaten path for this blog-- and it MUST be included as you will see as you read it.
Please read this--pass it on via email, via your own blogs, by whatever means you can use, to as many people as you can reach .
This must not be allowed to continue--as it will continue unless we act in concert with one another.
In 2007, the 'artist' Guillermo Vargas Habacuc, paid five children in an impoverished area of Costa Rica to help him catch this terrified stray dog. The dog had no way to escape capture or his fate once he was in the hands of this cruel maniac.
Habacuc tied the dog to a rope in an art gallery and starved him to death.
For several days, the 'artist' and the visitors of the exhibit watched, emotionless, the unfolding of the shameful 'masterpiece' of the dog's agony until, finally, he died.
But this is not all... the prestigious Visual Arts Biennial of the Central American decided that the 'installation' qualified as 'art', so Guillermo Vargas Habacuc has been invited to repeat his cruel action for the biennial of 2008.
PLEASE STOP HIM.
Please go here and sign the petition asking that Habacuc be banned from the Biennial of 2008 and all future exhibits put on by this body. [You must add a comment to ban him from future exhibits. Please do that, too.]
Also, please contact the gallery where the next exhibit is scheduled to take place:
Centro Nacional de la Cultura
Antigua Fábrica Nacional de Licores.
Avenida 3, calle 15/17. San José, Costa Rica.
Teléfono: (506) 257 7202 / 257 9370
Fax: (506) 257 8702
Another gallery currently holds some of Habacuc's work for display and sale.
If you would like to ask the gallery to drop him from their list of artists the email address is below.
Finally--The Animal Legal Defense Fund. suggests: 'At this point, we feel the most effective method of protest is to write local animal protection agencies demanding they put a stop to this exhibit. You can search for agencies here in the Latin America/Caribbean section:
Or you can contact this agency directly by letter, phone, fax or email:
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) - Costa Rica
Apartado postal 516-3000
Tel: + 506 262 6129/260 6948
Fax: + 506 260 5203
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