16 abril 2008

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I can reassure you that this is not any urban legend, nor is it a HOAX

I have written to Snopes.com giving an explanation

More than 2,700,000 people are now calling for a boycott of Vargas for the cruelty he meted out to a Managua street dog last August. He had the dog pursued till he was exhausted, then he was dragged in and chained to the walls of the Códice gallery, and the Director, Mrs Juanita Bermudez, in allowing it, became his accomplice.

The dog was sick and weak, and in general not in good condition. According to the La Nación newspaper in Costa Rica he died the day following his capture.

When I had begun the campaign and it was well on the way, with many signatures and growing every day, the gallery Director issued a statement saying that while there the dog had been fed but it had escaped right in front of the guards. We all know that if a hungry dog is given food he will not run away.

Plus, if the dog had escaped why did it take her two months to say so? Why did she not force the newspaper La Nación to make a retraction? To date, she has not asked the newspaper to do anything at all. Why not?

We have no physical proof that the dog died. But we do have documented evidence of abuse, and it is very clear that he breached Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights. We feel he should pay for it.

It is not possible to bring charges against him, because in Nicaragua there is no law that protects animals. For this reason we are asking that, at the very least, he should be sanctioned by NOT being allowed to represent Costa Rica at the Biennial in Honduras in November 2008.


¿That was what happened?

Here is the scene. Vargas pays some children to get him a dog. They find a stray, sick and weak, they chase him until he is exhausted, catch him and hand him over to Vargas, who ties him to the walls of an art gallery and leaves him there, causing him immense fear, distress and trauma. Isn't this ill-treatment? Does a dog have to die to be considered abused? Would you let Vargas do the same thing to your dog in an exhibition, even bearing in mind that yours is healthy and that poor stray was sick?

La Nación, the daily newspaper in Costa Rica, published an article saying that the dog had died during the exhibition. For two months nothing happened, and out of the blue the Director of the gallery, obviously to diffuse mounting public pressure, stated that she had planned to keep the dog, but it had escaped. Why did it take her so long to come out with the statement? If the dog had escaped why didn't she say so in the first place?

Let us look at it logically. If a hungry dog is given food and treated well, it certainly won't run away.

We have prima facie evidence that the dog died in the gallery, possibly as a result of the abuse he was subjected to, but we have no proof of that because we cannot produce photographs of a dead dog. We therefore cannot accuse Vargas of biocide (the murder of animals) but we CAN accuse him of animal abuse, and the petition urges everyone to boycott him for doing that.

At present, with more than 2 million signatures, we still have not achieved the object of getting Vargas banned from representing his country in the upcoming Central American Biennale in November in Honduras, but we have not given up by any means.


We know that the cruelty to animals law in Nicaragua (where the show took place) is very weak, almost non existent, and that is why nothing was done at the time. We have notified the major institutions looking after the interests of animals in the world, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (in USA), and World Society for the Protection of Animals (England), but they have not followed through as strongly as we would have liked, and so at present we are approaching the problem from a different angle, targeting the authorities of Costa Rica who are promoting this artist and have invited him to represent his country in November. We are sending letters to the Ministry of Tourism, telling them that if they promote people who abuse animals, we will not go to Costa Rica on vacation. We want to deluge them with letters, to make them think twice about what they are doing. If you would like to send a letter, a text follows below, you can send it or use it as a model. You can also check the other two cases, they too have gone unpunished.

I hope this helps you to put the matter in perspective, and we re very grateful for your support. If you have more questions please get back to me and I will try to answer them.


This is the address to send it:
info@tourism-costarica.com

Dear Sirs:

I am sure you are aware of the uproar all over the world demanding the removal of the Costa Rican national Guillermo Vargas as a representative of his country to the VI Biennale of Visual Arts of the Central American Isthmus, to be held in Honduras.

More than 1.8 million people have signed the petition, and the numbers increase every day. We are requesting that the Costa Rican authorities intervene, because of the continually negative response from the body which is sponsoring Vargas in the event – Art Impresarios, whose president is the prestigious architect, Mr. Ronald Zürcher.

You should know that we who care about animals take very special notice of countries who do not respect the rights of animals, and we bear that in mind when we chose a vacation spot. In your country right now we know of three glaring cases which have not yet been resolved:

1 – The case of Vargas
2 – The case of Barahona (the cat-eater)
3 – The case of Isla Cocos

This global campaign is having a very negative collateral effect on Costa Rica's image, and in particular it affects how the world views your tourist industry. For this reason, we urge you to intervene to put an end to the bad publicity, which is very damaging to your beautiful country.

The way to do it is to stop Guillermo Vargas representing Costa Rica in the Biennale this coming November.

Yours sincerely

Name
Country
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1. Barahona
http://ea6gk.blogspot.com/2008/01/come-perros-y-gatos-vivos.html

2. Isla Cocos
http://ea6gk.blogspot.com/2008/01/pas-en-guerra-contra-especies-invasoras.html


I received an email asking money
Translation pending review


The mail that you have received the text of which is in English is to inform you that your request has been recorded correctly.

The system of collecting signatures online is a free service offered few Americans. When someone has signed, the system automatically sends a confirmation and also add a text if you want to make a donation for the service they offer.

WHATSOEVER, I ask money for participating in this cause of the dog badly treated. You have to decide whether to donate anything, it is for the Americans to offer this service, this is not money for the cause for which I ask your signature.

Not many systems that offer this service, but all in some way asking something in return. You are not obliged or you should feel committed to give any amount of money


¿How effective will this petition be?

The campaign is a success. More than 2,300,000 people seeking the boycott. However the authorities and agencies in Costa Rica and Honduras are not ready to prohibit Vargas is presented to the 2008 Biennial Honduras. We must put pressure on the organizers and VIPs (VIP) support for our cause and request directly to the authorities of Costa Rica and Honduras to impose the punishment they deserve Vargas for what he did.

¿Vargas will repeat the same "art"?

News is circulating to the effect that Vargas plans to repeat his “work of art”, using ANOTHER dog tied up as part of his display in the Honduras Biennale 2008. This is a rumour and is totally false.

PLEASE NOTE – The information is NOT TRUE.

However, the events of August 2007 in the Códice Gallery of Managua (Nicaragua) are well documented and VERY REAL.

¿Is died or escaped the dog?
Translation pending review

If a vagabond dog, sick, weakened chased until tires and is captured by a few children who were paid by Vargas, surrendered to the "artist" and he tied to the wall of a gallery causing the dog fear, fear and stress, Do you think mistreatment, "Is it necessary that the dog had died considered to be mistreatment," Does you lend your dog to Vargas to make the same as the dog Managua, bearing in mind that your dog is healthy and the vagabond dog was sick?.
For two months, the dog was killed in the archive of the daily La Nacion. Due to the global pressure, the director of the gallery said had escaped. ¿Why it took 2 MONTHS to say?
We know that a hungry dog who was given food do not escapes, contrary, it wants to be on the place where he can eat.
We have us a prima facie grounds and that the dog died in the gallery, possibly because of the persecution he received, but we can not prove it because we have no photographs or evidence to be able to charge for murderer of animals (biocido), which is why our request boycott is an animal mistreatment, and that if we have evidence.

More arguments in Spanish

Did the dog from Managua die or did he escape?

Here is the scene. Vargas pays some children to get him a dog. They find a stray, sick and weak, they chase him until he is exhausted, catch him and hand him over to Vargas, who ties him to the walls of an art gallery and leaves him there, causing him immense fear, distress and trauma. Isn't this ill-treatment? Does a dog have to die to be considered abused? Would you let Vargas do the same thing to your dog in an exhibition, even bearing in mind that yours is healthy and that poor stray was sick?

La Nación, the daily newspaper in Costa Rica, published an article saying that the dog had died during the exhibition. For two months nothing happened, and out of the blue the Director of the gallery, obviously to diffuse mounting public pressure, stated that she had planned to keep the dog, but it had escaped. Why did it take her so long to come out with the statement? If the dog had escaped why didn't she say so in the first place?

Let us look at it logically. If a hungry dog is given food and treated well, it certainly won't run away.

We have prima facie evidence that the dog died in the gallery, possibly as a result of the abuse he was subjected to, but we have no proof of that because we cannot produce photographs of a dead dog. We therefore cannot accuse Vargas of biocide (the murder of animals) but we CAN accuse him of animal abuse, and the petition urges everyone to boycott him for doing that.


Have you contacted any animal rights organizations or the humane society or any othe organizations or people that can help to stop this?


We have notified the major institutions looking after the interests of animals in the world, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (in USA), and World Society for the Protection of Animals (England), but they have not followed through as strongly as we would have liked, and so at present we are approaching the problem from a different angle, targeting the authorities of Costa Rica who are promoting this artist and have invited him to represent his country in November.

The PETA Staff say:
"Exactly what happened at the exhibition in Nicaragua last year may be uncertain,(...)"
images:

http://elperritovive.blogspot.com/

PETA need more evidence?


What is the source of the news?

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Why call the dog Natividad?

Call Natividad is an insult to this poor stray dog. The offender Natividad Candas jumped the fence of a factory to steal and caretaker, in self defense, he released two dogs that attacked him and ended up with him. Vargas, in his most deranged reflection, decides to call the dog Nativity that would mistreat in honor of this offender.

hes name es "perro de Managua"

AFTER HAVING SIGNED, I RECEIVED A MAIL REQUESTING TO DONATE ONE DOLLAR.

The mail you recived in English mentions that your petition has been duly registered.

The online signature collection sevice is a FREE activity provided by certain U.S. Americans. After having signed, the system automatically sends back a confirmation form and adds a text should someone wish to donate for the service they have rendered.

DEFINITELY, I do not request any money for participating in the cause of the mistreated dog, nor any other cause. Please be aware that whatever sum you may wish to give away will never be destined to the cause for which I am eliciting your signature.

There are not too many systems available, which offer this type of service, but all in their own way do ask for a contribution. You are absolutely under no obligation and should never feel commited towards donating any amount of money.