Saturday, April 19, 2008


Update: I have finally been notified of a source confirming that this in fact a hoax, but it sure did get a lot of upheaval. I feel like my pants have been pulled down and my posterior slapped in order to make some sort of cheap point that people will react to what they are told to like sheep. G. Vargas ultimately did feed and water the dog and was released to the streets where it was originally captured. This could have had a better ending, but maybe somone in Costa Rica has spotted this dog on the streets and taken it in. At least it would be one less starving dog on the streets.

G. Vargas, also known as 'Habacuc' has garnered worldwide attention for using a dying dog as an art form. Story goes that he paid two boys to capture this malnourished and sick dog from the streets and he took it to a museum to be a part of an art exhibit.

His exhibit was titled 'You are what you eat.' The letters were made entirely of dog food. He tethered the dog into a corner and left it there for days without food or water and in obvious need of urgent medical care.

Was this an exhibit to bring awareness to the starving and abandoned animals in his country? NO. The exhibit was entirely done to memorialize a criminal that was mauled by two Rottweilers that were trained to protect property.

This man is sick and twisted beyond comprehension. Despite pleas from exhibit visitors to free the dog, he refused the release of the animal.

Why does an innocent creation of God have to suffer so needlessly at the hands of humans? He has been invited to represent his country of Costa Rica at the 2008 Bienal Centroamericana Honduras and repeat this act of cruelty as an art form.

Please sign the petition to ban him from the event - the more signatures the better!
Sign the Petition

Below are photos of this so-called 'art exhibit' *WARNING - photos may be graphic to some audiences*

Get the word out - make sure everyone you know, also knows about this disgusting form of abuse, conveneinently disguised at 'art'.


Seek said...

OMG, that is so horrible. I can't believe it is actually exist!! I saw people standing by the dog and they did nothing? I would have done something!

I wonder if animal rights group tried to do anything about it?

It's just so wrong, I feel so sad seeing the picture of innocent dog.


Dixie said...

I know, I was disgusted when this came into my email the other day. At first I thought is was a hoax but I checked my sources and sure enough this is real. The artist himself doesnt admit or deny that the dog died and Im thinking thats a sign that this guy really did let the dog starve.

Unfortunately though I think in Central America they have no ASPCA or anything similar that can actually enforce animal welfare laws if there are any down there. The only thing we can do is get the word out and find a way get this guy banned from the Bicentennial event in November. I also found an address where you can write to the committe of the Costa Rica Center of National Culture - the group that has selected Vargas to represent Costa Rica at the Honduras Bicentennial Art event.

Centro Nacional de la Cultura
Antigua Fábrica Nacional de Licores.
Avenida 3, calle 15/17.
San José,
Costa Rica.
Fax: (506) 257 8702

Seek said...

Thanks for the info! I will be sure to write and let you know, it's just so.... wrong!!!


Seek said...

Hey Dixie,

Here's one of blogs you might find it interesting:


Dixie said...

opens mouth inserts foot. Posting the update link at the top of the blog post.