My girlfriend is a dog lover, so she understandably went apeshit when she read about this art exhibit in Central America, where an artist named Guillermo "Habacuc" Vargas tied up a starving, sick street dog in the gallery and wouldn't let anybody give it food or water until it finally died.
Habacuc’s exhibition included a sign on the wall spelled out in dog food reading "You are what you read."
According to the artist: "I knew the dog died on the following day by lack of food. The dog was extremely ill and it did not want to eat anyway, so in natural surroundings it would've died anyway."
"The importance to me is the hypocrisy of the people where an animal is the focus of attention where people come to see art, but not when it’s in the street starving to death."
As bad as I felt for the poor dog, I'm always fascinated with how people seem to react much stronger emotionally to the suffering of animals than to the suffering of humans. I suppose they see animals as being more defenseless than people - but it's amazing how many Diggs this piece about a single dog quickly got compared to other news like, for instance, the thousands of women being savagely raped and mutilated in the Congo. Maybe it'd get the attention it deserved if an artist had a Congolese girl being gang-raped by militias in an art gallery.
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