Left-wing Liberalism so good...Pets or meat? Venezuela's Maduro urges starving populace to eat rabbits
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Leroy N. Soetoro
2017-09-23 19:23:20 UTC

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has introduced a “Rabbit Plan” that
encourages people to start eating rabbits rather than keep them as pets in
a bid to tackle the country's food shortages.

Venezuela has been ravaged by an ongoing economic crisis spurred by the
socialist policies of Maduro and his predecessor, the late former
President Hugo Chavez.

Low supplies of food and medicine are leaving millions of people starving
and desperate for medical treatment. A study published earlier this year
reported that roughly 75 percent of Venezuelans lost an average of 19
pounds in the last year due to food shortages, Fox News reported.

Appearing on state television, Maduro suggested people should start eating
rabbits as a less expensive alternative to other meat, the BBC reported.

“For animal protein, which is such an important issue, a 'rabbit plan' has
been approved because rabbits also breed like rabbits,” he said.

The plan was devised as a fight back against an alleged economic war waged
against the country by foreign governments, especially the U.S. and
President Donald Trump, NPR reported.

But the move to start consuming rabbits has run into a “cultural problem,”
according to Freddy Bernal, Venezuela’s minister of urban agriculture, who
also appeared on the television program.

After Maduro gave rabbits to 15 communities as a pilot program to feed the
country, most people decided to keep the animals as pets.

“When he came back, to his surprise he found people had put little bows on
their rabbits and were keeping them as pets, it was an early setback to
Plan Rabbit,” Bernal said, according to the BBC, noting that most people
“took them to bed.”

“There is a cultural problem, because we have been taught that the rabbit
is very nice. But seeing it from the point of view of the (economic) war,
one rabbit arrives and in two months we have a rabbit of two and a half
kilos,” he added.

Bernal also said the government needs to begin a campaign in the media “so
that the people understand that rabbits aren't pets but two and a half
kilos of meat.”

The “Rabbit Plan” prompted stark condemnation from the opposition, which
called the program a “bad joke” and said Maduro believes the people are
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2017-09-23 20:18:21 UTC
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has introduced a “Rabbit Plan” that
encourages people to start eating rabbits rather than keep them as pets in
a bid to tackle the country's food shortages.
Police Believe Thieves Steal Venezuela Zoo Animals to Eat Them


MARACAIBO, Venezuela — Venezuela authorities are investigating the theft of
animals from a zoo in western state of Zulia that were likely snatched to be
eaten, a further sign of hunger in a country struggling with chronic food

A police official said two collared peccaries, which are similar in
appearance to boars, were stolen over the weekend from the Zulia
Metropolitan Zoological Park in the sweltering city of Maracaibo near the
Colombian border.

"What we presume is that they (were taken) with the intention of eating
them," Luis Morales, an official for the Zulia division of the National
Police, told reporters on Tuesday.

The chaotic collapse of the country's socialist economic model has created
chronic food shortages that have fueled malnutrition and left millions
seeking food anywhere they can find it, including in trash cans and

President Nicolas Maduro blames food shortages on opposition protests that
have blocked streets and highways and a broader "economic war" led by
adversaries with the help of Washington.

But zoo head Leonardo Nunez said a wave of thefts that in recent weeks had
affected 10 species including a buffalo, which he said was cut into pieces,
was orchestrated by "drug dealers" seeking to sell the animals.

"They take everything here! The animals weren't stolen to be eaten," Nunez
said in an interview on Wednesday.

Mauricio Castillo, a former zoo director, said thieves had made off with two
tapirs, a jungle animal that is also similar to a pig that is described as
vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of

Shortages have also left zoos without sufficient food to feed animals, with
some 50 animals starving to death last year at a Caracas zoos, according to
a union leader.

The government denied the animals had starved, insisting they had been
treated "like family."