In August 2007, artist Guillermo Vargas shocked the art world and animal lovers with his controversial "starving dog" exhibit in Nicaragua. The cruel exhibit involved tying an emaciated stray dog in a corner with no food or water in an attempt to make an ironic statement about human callousness toward homeless animals. Patrons of Vargas' show were instructed not to feed or care for the dog in any way.
Circumstances of the exhibition are unclear, but many believe that the dog died a slow death from starvation. In any case, photo evidence shows that the dog was clearly undernourished while on display.
The Central American Biennial of Art has recently invited Vargas to recreate his famous exhibition using a different live dog. Please sign the petition to prevent another dog from suffering in the name of art.