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I Protest Starving a Dog In the Name of Art

In 2007 Guillermo Vargas starved a dog to death in the name of art. He has now been invited to do it again at a bigger art exhibit. Join us in protest of this cruelty! 2,601 People

    I agree, disgusting excuse

    for a human that could encourage this!
    fluff12 fluff12 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 1

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    My Untitled Marriage

    I had many a dog in my past cats too but I became A boy and his dog (Bambi)was her name I used to feed her when my sister was working and we fell in love I had three things she loved 1)I had a pick up truck and she was a trucking kind of dog2)I had a key chain on my belt and she...
    sistermary sistermary 51-55 5 Responses Jan 6, 2010

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    Alienation

    It's sad how far art has gone to alienate wider audiences.  This story seems to just show complete detachment from society, a lack of respect for life, and unbelievable egoism.
    JtheP JtheP 31-35 1 Response Apr 29, 2008

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    Sick And Twisted

    I can't believe people would allow such a thing to happen. Art is creative expression and the only thing that 'expresses' is how twisted the world has become. What if I chained you up against your will and let you starve to death in front of people for pretty much their amusement...
    Lonewinter Lonewinter 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 7, 2012

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    WTF! Which 'artist' did this

    and why? I say we go to his studio with baseball bats and spray paint and trash the place. And relieve ourselves in his fridge.
    MissAnthony MissAnthony 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 1

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    That Is Not Art

    I am pretty reasonable and I can generally excellent at using my mind as my weapon in conflict. Seeing this, though, is enough to get me to forget about my mind. I find animal abuse repugnant. I get so angry, that this image makes me want to say unintelligent personal things...
    TheEvilLeaper TheEvilLeaper 26-30, M 6 Responses Apr 28, 2010

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    Don't Do It

    I love dogs and if he wasn't starved he could have had a good life with a family. but even if i didn't like dogs i wouldn't even LOOK at it never mind stare at it!!!!!
    Princess13131 Princess13131 13-15, F Jun 19, 2012

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    He's An Under Achiever

    I've been to about thirteen foreign countries and some cultures raise dogs for eating and pigs for pets.
    Kentex Kentex 56-60, M Jan 24, 2013

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    Just Sick..

    I find it absolutely disgusting what that man did. To take an animal and starve it for the sake of art or whatever you want to call his reasons for doing it is a portrayal of someone who has abandoned their humanity. Either that or he has seriously confused his mind into...
    Durious Durious 26-30, M 2 Responses May 29, 2008

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    In A Way

    I sort of understand why he did it. It was to anger people. It was to show us, that, we in fact, are doing the same thing horrible thing he did. Watching Stray dogs starving or struggling and doing nothing to help them. I know for sure plenty of us has seen a stray cat or dog and...
    kittycat101303 kittycat101303 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 5, 2010

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    MURDER Is Not Art

    ...that has nothing to do with art! Please sign this petition to help prevent this from happening again:::: http://www.petitiononline.com/ea6gk/petition.html   And if the a-hole (yes, that's what he is- an a-hole NOT an artist) wanted to do something really crazy- then...
    xsadiex xsadiex 26-30, F 8 Responses Apr 29, 2008

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    How Vile

    how can somebody consider starving a poor defenceless animal to death art? it wouldnt be art if i tied him to a wall n let him starve no it wud be murder not bloomin art, its babaric is wat it is
    sammy120 sammy120 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 28, 2008

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    Whaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttttttt?????????????

    The ****! I have to make this story longer,but I don't know what else to say.
    berrybunny berrybunny 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 10, 2012

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    That's animal neglect

    and should be taken to jail!!! WHO THE F•CK DID THIS FOR 'ART'?! NO ONE WHO NEGLECTS AN ANIMAL SHOULD HIDE BEHIND THAT CROCK OF SH!T!!!
    SurpriseMeToday SurpriseMeToday 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    Disgusted

    THAT IS HORRIBLE I WOULD MURDER ALL OF U ANIMAL CRUELTY PEOPLE GIVEN A CHANCE **** YOU ALL, DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL IN THE NAME OF THE OSIRION
    chazababez chazababez 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 6, 2012

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    People Have No Hearts Anymore!

     why would you starve a helpless animal its cruel. I dont give a hell if its in the name of art! ITS WRONG!
    parker0702 parker0702 16-17, M 3 Responses May 29, 2009

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    Wtf??

    That isn't art that is cruelty, sick bastards. That makes me feel seriously ill that people can do such horrible things to a living thing. What will he do next starve a child? ******* ****** me off...Since when is stupidity art?
    college101 college101 31-35, F 10 Responses Jan 24, 2010

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    Don't Believe Everything You Read

    The facts of this petition MAY be innaccurate. Please click on the following link and read for yourself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillermo_Vargas According to wikipedia the dog was not starved and was in fact fed during the exhibition. Also, according to the wikipedia...
    djkink djkink 26-30 3 Responses Apr 29, 2008

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    I Have An Idea For This Degenerate

    I think Vargas should starve himself as art, instead of starving a helpless dog.
    308shooter 308shooter 56-60, M May 25, 2012

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    What!!!???angry & Disgusted

    Words fail me Starving of any animal is cruelty. Starving an animal on purpose is down right torture. Don't these places have laws banning cruelty to animals? This is not art and this DH is not an artist. Let him change places with the dog. The organisers are just as bad...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Oct 31, 2009

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    Guillermo Vargas Is Not An Artist.

    Guillermo Vargas is not an artist in any perception of the word. He is a vile, sick and twisted individual who uses the pretense of art to abuse and torture a helpless animal. This is a sad example of someone so desperate for recognition that he had no regard or compassion for...
    YesIam YesIam 61-65 14 Responses May 1, 2008

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    Absolutely Disgusting!

    You have to be one sick person to even think and act out a crime like this. How about you starve yourself? Poor animals. :(
    LikeAPrayer LikeAPrayer 18-21, F Dec 27, 2012

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    Guilermo Habacuc - The Name Of This Socalled Artist - Write On His Facebook Page!

    His name is GUILLERMO VARGAS HABACUC.His facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Guillermo-Vargas-Habacuc/36504406644Tell him what you think about him!
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 19, 2012

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    Nothingspecial4 Nothingspecial4 26-30, F Dec 7, 2013

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    A Sick Minded Artist.

    It must have made this sick minded person really feel accomplished to be able to treat an animal under their control in such a way just to try to make a name for themselve's. There is nothing artful about stepping down to such a low life. But he can get away with it in the name...
    Robert1256 Robert1256 51-55, M 2 Responses Mar 26, 2012

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    Don't Judge Too Quickly

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=angJGfCSuUI   This is a letter from the director of the art gallery where the supposed animal starvation took place. (Translation is a little rough): One of the exhibited works consisted of presenting a dog that famelicas Habakkuk...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Apr 28, 2008

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    This Fvcking World

    I never heard about this until I randomly saw this here. I know this event has ended long ago, but I was so pained by this story that I don't know what else to do. My heart broke and I cried.  It's shocking that this was not only allowed, but that he was even invited to be a...
    Yellowfitzme Yellowfitzme 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 2, 2012

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    Not A Big Deal

    What's the big deal? It's not a big deal. I don't see a problem. It's just depriving an animal of nourishment until it painfully starves to death & its body slowly shuts down from the inside. You hypocrites. That mutilated corpse daily on your plate, which you put in your mouth...
    Nyxii Nyxii 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 1, 2012

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    Does Snopes.com Reveal This Story To Be True Or False? Read On...

    I will honestly admit that I had never even heard of *that* Vargas, as there is only one artist named Vargas who ever has been (and rightfully so) famous: *Alberto* Vargas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Vargas) A quick check on Snopes.com (*the* online source on the ever...
    a2fun1 a2fun1 36-40, M 2 Responses Jun 21, 2012

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    I Signed the Petition

    There was a petition about this on facebook, to try and stop the repeat performance. I signed it but I don't know if it did any good. I have three dogs and I can't imagine whatching them starve. The way they look at you and trust you. They rely on us for everything, strays can...
    DelightfulBabe08 DelightfulBabe08 26-30 17 Responses Sep 27, 2008

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    Starving Dogs "Ain't" Art

    This is beyond awful and I have got a idea for all of you but FIRST I came here to ask you for help and I can see how we can help each other to accomplish our goals. Please go to www.care2.com and read the story about a pup that was brutally murdered.These scumbags must have...
    betchaboots betchaboots 41-45, F 3 Responses Dec 29, 2008

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    Read About It

    Please read more about the true story, the dog escaped and it was emaciated from its life on the street. There are many dogs like that starving on the street in his native land. The dog was emaciated and anyone was free to feed it or free it. The dog was not publicly starved as...
    gimmekarma gimmekarma 26-30, M Sep 15, 2012

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    He Has a Very Lame Excuse.

    So in doing some research about Mr. Vargas and his exhibit, it seems he did have a reason for doing it but it's not one that I feel is valid.  Quoted from the website http://guillermohabacucvargas.blogspot.com/ "Here is a part of his original [most recent] statement...
    KiaC KiaC 31-35 5 Responses Apr 28, 2008

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    Background On the Proposed Exhibit By Guillermo Vargas

    Guillermo Vargas, an artist, tied a street dog to a rope in an art gallery and presumably starved him to death. He considered this his artistic masterpiece in 2007. The exhibit lasted for several days, with the visitors of the exhibition watching on as the sickly dog seemingly...
    EPJulio EPJulio 26-30, M 43 Responses Apr 28, 2008

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    This Socalled "Artist" (details Follow)

    really did that. He confirmed it and then, after protests, tried to talk himself out of it. His name is GUILLERMO VARGAS HABACUC. His facebook page is:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Guillermo-Vargas-Habacuc/36504406644 Tell him what you think about him!
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 17, 2012

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    WTF? I didn't even know

    that was a thing
    ZeroDigits ZeroDigits 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 23

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    Not Gonna Lie

    I cried my eyes out when I saw this. I don't cry about anything except animal cruelty. It sickens me. There aren't words that describe the seething hate for the people that harm animals.
    ThisIsMediocritiesOldAcc ThisIsMediocritiesOldAcc 18-21, F Feb 25, 2013

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    Artist Or Dog Killer?

    In August, 2007, "Guillermo "Habacuc" Vargas found a dog tied up on a street corner in a poor Nicaraguan bario. Does he take the dog to the nearest animal shelter? No. Does he take the dog home, to feed it and care for it? No. He took the poor, sweet, innocent dog to an art...
    goodogstay goodogstay 46-50, M 7 Responses Sep 18, 2011

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    Seriously?

    Maybe we should starve HIM publicly, in the name of art!
    fluctuat fluctuat 22-25, F 1 Response May 8, 2012

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    Instead Of Starving A Dog....

    I say we try staving an "artist" instead.
    alienteardrop alienteardrop 26-30, F 2 Responses May 30, 2012

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    Shocked

    Damn right I do! Is this for real?.. I just found this experience group, and I'm wondering what monstrosity of a person could starve a dog in the name of art?! I'm shocked. And I wanna invite this so called artist to come and stay with me at my house - I have a nice little...
    JeremiahJohnson JeremiahJohnson 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 1, 2010

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    Omg

    this is not art....i know....IM AN ARTIST. No creature should ever evrr ever ever be hurt against their will "in the name of art". this is cruelty and this so called "artist" is a hack thatshould be ASHAMED!!! absolutely ashamed!...and every stupid sociopath that advocates this...
    ladyrhiannon824 ladyrhiannon824 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 22, 2011

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    That's Not Art

    It downright inhumane,for that matter any animal!
    yrral32 yrral32 61-65, M Sep 15, 2013

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    I just stumbled on this experience

    but accident... But does this really happen?
    LilMissMandy LilMissMandy 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 2

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    The Mirror Sees The Fate

    I was very young when a close friend of mine had adopted a young dog,not sure what breed,which had been starved almost to the point of death.For months the poor creature would hide or keep its distance from us and would flinch when we got close.It really made me sad that it would...
    Spitbak Spitbak 41-45, M Dec 9, 2011

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    Where Is The Outrage?

    When this happened I was absolutely horrified. After all these years, I still get physically sick when it crosses my mind.  I was surprised to find this group.  Can anyone answer this question?  Why did the people of the art gallery or the people who came into it allow this to...
    Tulsigirl Tulsigirl 61-65, F 5 Responses Jul 17, 2011

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    Inhumane

    What kind of a horrible monster intentionally starves an innocent dog to death?  This piece of **** belongs in prison.
    FreeThinkerJames FreeThinkerJames 31-35, M 6 Responses Jun 24, 2010

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    Wtf!!!

    That's NOT art it's cruelty to animals! He is NOT a artist, he's a sick ****! And the people who are inviting him to do it again, I hope get a slow painful death like that dog suffered. Sick! People are sick and demented, shame  them and that So-called "artist"
    Pigment Pigment 26-30, F May 14, 2012

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    The Aspca Becomes Involved

    Late last week the ASPCA issued a press release in response to the tremendous outpouring of public concern over a 2007 art exhibition by Costa Rican artist Guillermo Habacuc Vargas that featured an emaciated dog. Because reports on the duration of the exhibit and the condition...
    KiaC KiaC 31-35 3 Responses May 4, 2008

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    Why...

    It ******* disgusting! I don't understand why anyone wouldn't join this cause. Its sick. Why would you do it...if you do then you must have a seriously ****** up head!
    PaperThinEmo PaperThinEmo 18-21, F Sep 2, 2012

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    Feel all high and mighty doing

    that to something that relies on you? How about I starve you, chain you to a wall and call it art? No? Why? IT'S ILLEGAL AND IMMORAL!!
    SurpriseMeToday SurpriseMeToday 18-21, F Jun 7

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    I'm Disgusted!!

    I love animals, and I feel like they have feelings too! I hate when people abuse them and treat them like they're nothing just because they're not humans, and can't speak for themselves. People who purposely hurt animals, and put them up for display in pain, are weak people. They...
    Onlyinmydreams123 Onlyinmydreams123 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 12, 2012

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    Starving Puppy

    When I was a kid, I was playing in the park close to my house. We were riding bikes when we came across a puppy thrown into the bushes behind the houses. He was about three months old . He was so emaciated that he could not walk, and could barely bark. We saved this dogs life...
    monsterbean monsterbean 22-25 2 Responses Jan 9, 2011

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