Animal cruelty and Art

By: LakeWorthFinn , 3:09 PM GMT on March 21, 2008

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Animal lovers who signed the petition have made a difference. Thanks to all who took the time to do that!


It all started with this horrible video:



THE DOG’S NAME WAS NATIVIDAD AND SHE DIED. TWO WEB-SITES RECEIVED PETITIONS TO STOP THIS CRUELTY: Link Link

Over 2 million signed petitions caught the attention of WSPA – World Society for the Protection of Animals, and those who signed, have accomplished this:

WSPA:
No excuses for cruelty

In 2007, artist Guillermo Vargas showed an emaciated live dog in a Nicaraguan gallery. Despite public outcry, the country's lack of animal welfare laws meant he faced no consequences. This year, when Vargas was invited to compete in an art show in Honduras, WSPA and member society the Honduras Association for the Protection of Animals and their Environment (AHPRA) acted to ensure this cruelty could not be repeated by any artist.
Elly Hiby, WSPA's Head of Companion Animals, commented: “Information regarding the treatment and fate of the dog used in the 2007 exhibition is inconsistent, but for WSPA – irrespective of the exact outcome – chaining a dog without food or water for public entertainment is a reprehensible abuse”. Our attempts to discuss the matter with Vargas' representative were met with silence.
But images from the Nicaraguan gallery were not forgotten. When Vargas was invited to enter the VI Central American Visual Arts Biennale (to be held in Honduras this year), an independent internet petition against the artist and his work attracted over two million signatures. WSPA sought a meeting with Business Owners for Art (Empresarios por el Arte), one of the sponsors of the Honduras Biennale.
In the meeting, WSPA's representative gave sound welfare arguments against the work shown in Nicaragua and formally requested that the Honduras AHPRA be invited to observe the Biennale exhibition.
After pressure from WSPA, the Honduras AHPRA and the public, the Biennial organizers have agreed not only to make AHPRA official observers but also to include new competition rules that prohibit the abuse of animals.

WOOO-HOOO!

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56. OGal
1:45 PM GMT on May 11, 2008
Mothers Day Glitter Graphics

Hope your writing is going well. We miss you! Have a wonderful Mother's Day!
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55. Raysfan70
11:30 AM GMT on May 11, 2008
HaPpY MoThEr'S DaY {{Finn}}!!
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54. Redhead
3:22 AM GMT on May 11, 2008


{{{Finn}}}
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53. Redhead
6:11 AM GMT on May 09, 2008
Happy Friday

{{{Finn}}}
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52. SBKaren
8:22 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
Please check your email!
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51. sullivanweather
10:21 AM GMT on April 22, 2008


HAPPY EARTH DAY!
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50. hurricanecrab
11:32 AM GMT on April 21, 2008
{{Finn!}} Good to see you out 'n about! Thanks for the b-day wishes m'friend ;o)

Maybe you can acquire an additional plastic container and fill it with foods that you regularly enjoy..... rotate your stocks and all that. Glad you have the water thingie under control. A good water filter/purification system goes a long ways toward peace-o-mind
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49. bigtrucker
3:25 AM GMT on April 20, 2008
Hi {{{Finn}}} Ive been bouncing off you in the blogs all day, thought I would drop in and say hi!!! Hope all is well in your world, things going good here in my new abode in SC
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48. seflagamma
12:33 PM GMT on April 19, 2008
Finn!!!!

Good morning my friend. Been missing you around the blogs... but then again, I'm been missing me around the blogs for past few months also! seems I only get a few hours a week these days but things are lightening up a little on the home front and work.

How's the writing? Please keep me in the loop; I would love to read one of your books!

Love to you and take care,
Gams
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46. LakeWorthFinn
2:15 AM GMT on April 15, 2008
HGW, Hiiiiiii! :)
Hyper, you know where I am every monday. The book is advancing ok, next week it'll be better when family leaves :)
{{{{Rays}}} hugs to Wobbie too!
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45. Raysfan70
10:56 AM GMT on April 14, 2008
Good Morning {{Finn and J}}!
Have a Great Week. :-)
GOOD MORNING
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44. Hypersport
5:14 PM GMT on April 13, 2008
Hi {{Finn}}I hope all is well with you.How's the new book comming along? I hope to see you soon
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43. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
11:30 PM GMT on April 06, 2008
Good Evening =)
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42. LakeWorthFinn
11:10 PM GMT on April 06, 2008
Statement as of 6:54 PM EDT on April 06, 2008

... A Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect until 715 PM EDT
for north central Broward and south central Palm Beach counties...

At 651 PM EDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar continued to
indicate a severe thunderstorm capable of producing penny size
hail... and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. This storm was located
over extreme south central Palm Beach County... moving northeast at 20
mph.

Severe thunderstorms can also produce tornadoes with little or no
advance warning. Prepare to move to a place of safety in an interior
room in the lowest floor of your house or business if a tornado is
spotted.

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41. LakeWorthFinn
11:08 PM GMT on April 06, 2008
Neighbors, severe thunderstorm coming our way!
STAY SAFE!
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40. undertheradar
9:04 PM GMT on March 31, 2008
Just signed the petition for the "artist".
I'll also try the goodsearch link with shopping for a charity. Thant's a fantastic idea!
Thanks
39. Hypersport
4:46 PM GMT on March 29, 2008
Good afternoon {{Finn}}Congrat's on losing 10lbs tho I think you looked just fine before you lost the weight :-)
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38. seflagamma
1:43 PM GMT on March 29, 2008
Finn, good morning to you.

WOW, 10 lbs that is great!!!! I've had a more hectic than usual Jan - Mar so far but now things should be settling down a bit.. next week I get serious again and get back on my diet of healthy eating and working out.

Glad to hear the writing is doing well.. I still want to read one of your novels.. if it is in English!

YOu enjoy your weekend!
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37. OGal
8:27 PM GMT on March 28, 2008
My sweet, getting to be skinny Finn. Congrats on your weight loss. You doing it the smart way! Continued sucess and so glad you aren't smoking anymore (:o)
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36. LakeWorthFinn
7:07 PM GMT on March 28, 2008
Thanks LTT and HGW! Hope you'll all have a safe and happy weekend.

I'm going to wash 4 dogs this weekend, ours and my sister's... lotsa shampoo needed! The little Taffy sis adopted from APR is a great dog, enjoys chewing a pig's ear with eyes closed. Too cute!

I'm writing with passion and good flow, there will be a short hiatus in that mid April with a family visit, but I hope to have the book finished by the end of this coming hurricane season.

Did I say hurricane season??? Didn't we just celebrate the end of the last one??? YIKES!

I hope all those who suffered and survived the past horrible weather events are getting better.

Love yas!
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35. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
4:12 AM GMT on March 26, 2008


hugs back =)
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34. Lovethetropics
12:37 PM GMT on March 25, 2008
Hello dear Lissu!!! Have a beautiful day!!

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33. Lovethetropics
1:25 AM GMT on March 25, 2008
Dear Lissu thank you so much for your posts!!



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32. LakeWorthFinn
10:18 PM GMT on March 24, 2008
Jimmiek, Thanks for your post. I agree, we had the same kind of problem with Dobermans and Rottweilers in Europe many years ago, but they never prohibited anyone from having one. By the way, Finnish Rottweilers are well known for their gentle nature and love for children.

I have seen "impossible dogs" turn around to gentle, social, loving pets. There are people who just shouldn't own any kinds of animals...

I still think even if a law is passed to ban pittbulls that anyone owning one already must give up his/her pet (unless it has attacked someone).

Yalls have a wonderful week!

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31. jimmiek
2:00 AM GMT on March 24, 2008
As you may or may not know many municipalities are passing new laws banning or restricting ownership of breeds of animals considered "dangerous" or exotic. This is mainly because of 1. uneducated residents and elected officials and 2. irresponsible pet owners who through inaction and/or failure to control their pets have ruined the system for many others. Right now there is a "media campaign" going on locally to ban Pit Bulls. Most Pit Bulls are well behaved dogs and because of a few bad dogs and their worse owners Pit Bull ownership is now illegal an many places. Simple education is needed for animal owners and legislators so that everyones right to own a pet period isn't stripped. I am against municipalities banning ownership of entire breeds of animals without making some provision for responsible owners. As an owner of an animal that could be considered exotic, I fear my rights as a pet owner could go the same way as the rights of responsible Pit Bull owners who because of a few, may be taken as well.


There are several cities here in TX that have enacted such a law. If you already own a pit bull you are grandfathered in, but the amount of nonsense you have to do to make it "safe" is almost prohibitive.

My friend had a pit bull - the most loyal, sweet natured and affectionate dog I've ever not owned. It was very, very strong, though, which is the trait exploited by the idiots who use them to fight.

No animal should pay the price for the stupidity of humans.
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30. SBKaren
3:29 PM GMT on March 23, 2008
Happy Easter to one and all!!! Enjoy your day and I hope it is filled with family, love and chocolate!

easter
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29. HurricaneGeek
3:11 PM GMT on March 23, 2008
Hi, happy Easter!!

I was wondering if you saw the article in the Accent section of todays paper. Do you get the Palm Beach post?
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28. bigtrucker
3:10 PM GMT on March 23, 2008
Hi {{{Finn and Family}}} Happy Easter to you..Hope it's a peaceful one!!!
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27. DenverMark
3:09 PM GMT on March 23, 2008
Happy Easter Finn!!
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26. Beachfoxx
2:52 PM GMT on March 23, 2008
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25. StormJunkie
2:18 PM GMT on March 23, 2008
Morning LWF :~)

Have a wunderful Easter!
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24. Raysfan70
11:00 AM GMT on March 23, 2008
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23. palmettobug53
1:46 AM GMT on March 23, 2008
May the glory
and the promise
of this joyous time of year
Bring peace
and happiness to you
and those you hold most dear


(((HUGS)))
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22. nightbloomingjasmine
10:55 PM GMT on March 22, 2008



HAPPY EASTER
21. moonlightcowboy
9:39 PM GMT on March 22, 2008
EASter

Nicely done, Finn! Happy Easter!
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20. Barefootontherocks
4:31 PM GMT on March 22, 2008
Happy Easter Bunny

Happy to see you're writing. Go Finn go.
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19. OGal
2:12 PM GMT on March 22, 2008
Finn so glad you have returned from Finland. So you are writing again....yeah! Hope you and your hubby have a wonderful Easter.
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18. Hypersport
12:24 PM GMT on March 22, 2008
Good Morning {{Finn}}I'm glad to see you made it home safe. Enjoy your Easter weekend
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17. Raysfan70
11:49 AM GMT on March 22, 2008
Good Morning {{Finn and Hubby}}!
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16. Ivansrvivr
10:40 AM GMT on March 22, 2008
As you may or may not know many municipalities are passing new laws banning or restricting ownership of breeds of animals considered "dangerous" or exotic. This is mainly because of 1. uneducated residents and elected officials and 2. irresponsible pet owners who through inaction and/or failure to control their pets have ruined the system for many others. Right now there is a "media campaign" going on locally to ban Pit Bulls. Most Pit Bulls are well behaved dogs and because of a few bad dogs and their worse owners Pit Bull ownership is now illegal an many places. Simple education is needed for animal owners and legislators so that everyones right to own a pet period isn't stripped. I am against municipalities banning ownership of entire breeds of animals without making some provision for responsible owners. As an owner of an animal that could be considered exotic, I fear my rights as a pet owner could go the same way as the rights of responsible Pit Bull owners who because of a few, may be taken as well.
14. SouthernLady
3:53 AM GMT on March 22, 2008
HAPPY SPRING!!!

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13. sngalla
3:50 AM GMT on March 22, 2008



Happy Easter Finn!


That is certainly not art. That is cruel and vicious behavior and should be punished. Poor dog. Just last week in Miami, a deputy was arrested for starving his K-9 dog to death. What is wrong with people?
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12. Patrap
3:37 AM GMT on March 22, 2008
Nice to see you.Happy Easter Finn!
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11. stormdude77
2:30 AM GMT on March 22, 2008
Happy Easter, Finn and Family!! (Good to see you)...
10. LakeWorthFinn
1:43 AM GMT on March 22, 2008
Hi Scarlett, BF, Gams, Huri, Skye! Nice to meet you jimmiek!
Thanks for coming to say hi dear friends, good to be back!
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9. Skyepony (Mod)
12:22 AM GMT on March 22, 2008
Glad your back:)
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8. jimmiek
12:11 AM GMT on March 22, 2008
This post just made me go up and hug my dog. That "artist" was unspeakable.
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7. hurigo
10:45 PM GMT on March 21, 2008
Welcome Home Friend Finn
It's been mightily cold while you were away,
but I think I feel the warmth of spring now.
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6. seflagamma
9:36 PM GMT on March 21, 2008
Finn,

So good to have your back and check in with us!!!! Glad you enjoyed your trip back to Finland.

Good luck with the writing and leave a post every now and then when you can.

Have a lovely Easter Weekend!!!
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