***I have started a fundraising page so that we can all do something where as the people at the exhibit did nothing to help this poor dog. Please make an online donation today to help strays in Central America. We will not sit back and do nothing in the face of animal cruelty. Let us take our collective anger & outrage and turn it into something positive. Let's renew our faith in humanity and make a difference: http://www.firstgiving.com/centralamericanstrays
More about the charity:http://www.mckee-jaco.com/aboutus.htm
Just wanted to let you know that Jaime Sancho's petition to boycott the cruel act of an "artist" who used a starved dog as his "art" is going strong- 43,806 signatures so far to denounce this cruelty. Please keep this petition going.
I wanted to redirect you to these blogs for ongoing information :
Reiskek's blog with always current updated information- to remember Natividad, the poor dog
Jaime Sancho's Blog in Spanish with updates (originator of boycott petition)
Sign the Petition to Boycott "Artist" who starved dog as art.
Keep this petition going and pass it along!!
Here is the latest letter from Jaime Sancho in response to the Gallery Codice's Director:
(Translation is a little off through Babelfish but it is very strong in denouncing the cruel act)
ANSWER TO GALERÍA CÓDICE
Juanita BermúdezDirectorManagua, Nicaragua
The international community, and in name of this one more than 30139 people, asks for the exclusion of Mr. Guillermo Vargas "Habacuc" of the Central American Biennial Honduras 2008 by the following reason: I mistreat produced when persecuting, capturing and to tie a famélico street dog, done that you confirm.The rest of the world we did not finish including/understanding like can allow that an artist can recreate his work with the suffering of an animal and that the assistants can celebrate a celebration with a famélico dog like bottom drop curtain.The rest of the world we cannot include/understand as a jury can award the work of Vargas on the basis of the work criterion "of great quality and excellent coherence between idea and execution", according to detailed.In name of the art not all bond. To try to make think that vetoing us to Mr. Guillermo Vargas to want to moor in its gallery a persecuted and famélico dog had been censorship is an error. What it had been is to have common sense, something that evidently they needed. Why not the thought to remain with the animal to adopt it, took care of and it fed from the first moment? It is easy to say now, if certain or no, that the dog, tired and hungry famélico "surprisingly" escaped ahead the noses of a watchman.If the Gallery Codex guards by the quality of the exposed works and allows the exhibition of a mistreated alive being, del already makes al rest clear world as it is the quality of the works exposed in its gallery.Being conceited of which it does not exert censorship, as long as "does not attempt against the elementary principles of the ethics and much less than they imply the life of a living being, is human or animal" and to allow that the denounced facts, causes that the rest of the world we wonder ourselves that you by ethics understand when happen been having has moored itself persecuted, captured, humiliated and tortured a dog, psicológiamente, with implication of being able to be killed, if she is not that she really lost it as said own Vargas. It is his word against the one of this other person who affirms the opposite: Of the Blog de Rodrigo Peñalba http://www.marcaacme.com/...habacuc "According to what I knew, the dog died on the following day by lack of food."Vargas said: "Nobody made the decision to feed the dog that it was" exposing ", collaborating of that way to its death. These affirmations contradict to Juanita Bermúdez (director of the Gallery Codex) when it affirms that the dog "escaped". If Mr. Vargas lies or she does, who stops the case is the same.Another version that denies the explanation of the director: "The dog died after a day in the exhibition, according to confirmed the Nation Marta Leonor González, publisher of the cultural supplement of the Press in Nicaragua." http://www.nacion.com/...aldea1263590And another one: Liliam Schnog, president of the Humanitarian Association for the Protection Animal, said that she does not understand how an animal was let to die of hunger if on a floor there was a phrase done with food.The international community is worried because in century XXI still there are people like the Vargas who mistreat animals, galleries like hers that exposes them and sworn that awards them.It was ensured widely that all the international community is sorry that Natividad Canda was devoured by the Rottweiler, but to try to compare the human mind with the one of the dogs says very little in its favor. It is more, gives to understand us that what Vargas did and what you allowed was by revenge, an adjustment of accounts, which makes worse more, if it fits, the things.Like author of the request online so that the Guillernmo the Vargas "Habacuc" is excluded to participate in the Central American Biennial Honduras 2008 I inform to him into which I will follow ahead and present/display at its moment to the organizers of same the companies who have taken shelter, on the basis of considering simultaneously that Vargas is a maltratador of the sort animal, which I make my request to all the galleries public of the world so that also they veto it.
I ask all to continue this petition and keep it alive in remembrance of the sad little starving dog that was used in the name of "art". Please refer to the links above for continued updates & coverage. As I go back to blogging about living an animal-friendly life which means I do not eat animals nor do I wear animals because the torture that factory-farmed animals go through so that people can eat flesh and drink milk, the animals that are mutilated for unnecessary cosmetic testing, the sad lives that circus animals "live" are all as horrible as starving a dog for art. Please consider adopting a vegan lifestyle and denounce animal cruelty in every form. If you would like more information & if you are one that needs to see pictures of the cruelty that animals are subjected to please email me or check out some of these links:
These animals feel as much as our beloved dogs & cats. They know joy and they know fear. Please consider living a more compassionate lifestyle.
Cruelty of Dairy Products & Eggs
Tortured Pigs, Chickens & Cows
Compassion Over Killing
Humane Society of the United Stated
Fur Is Dead
Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight. ~Albert Schweitzer
We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. ~William Ralph Inge, Outspoken Essays, 1922
Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. ~Thomas A. Edison
The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but rather, "Can they suffer?" ~Jeremy Bentham