Sunday, April 27, 2008

If you are one of the millions, like me, who received and signed a petition regarding the "art exhibit" resulting in a dog being starved to death, you might be interested to read this post on Apparently, the artist, Guillermo Habacuc Vargas, claims the whole thing was a hoax as a way to point to our hypocrisy.

While I want to believe that over the alternative, who really knows? Why didn't he keep the dog and care for it, instead of "releasing" it back to the streets? Not only as proof the exhibit was a stunt, but also as the right thing to do. And he calls us hypocrites?!

I love this analysis on the Huffington Post by Dr. Belisa Vranich: "At the very least Vargas has traits of antisocial personality disorder, grandiose and narcissistic personality disorder, and a peppering of delusions. The line between chronicling cruelty and staging is clear to most. Treating the dog as an object, for 'art's' sake shows pathological malevolence."

She goes on to say, "Fact is the Humane Society is backed by 10 million Americans, PETA has 1.8 million members, and the ASPCA has 680,000. Are there rules that need to be changed and lives that need to be saved all over the world? Yes. Absolutely. But he doesn't strike me as part of the solution, in any way."

If anything, he is the biggest hypocrite of all.

Brandie Ahlgren, editor
CityDog Magazine

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