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Starving Venezuelans Break Into Zoo And Eat Equally Starving Animals

Published on August 1, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

We can’t decide what’s sadder, the fact that the people and zoo animals are starving, or that the people are now eating the animals.

Credit: Carlos Jasso

Credit: Carlos Jasso

A food shortage plaguing Venezuela right now has thrown citizens into a frenzy in search for sustenance and they have resorted to breaking into zoos to butcher and eat the animals.

Last week, groups of intruders broke into Caricuao Zoo in Caracas, Venezuela, pulled a rare black stallion from its cage, and slaughtered him there on the spot. They left behind only his head and ribs, which zookeepers found in the morning when they entered to care for the lone horse.

Earlier this month, Vietnamese pigs and sheep that called the zoo their home were stolen by citizens for food as well.

If the animals aren’t being stolen and butchered to feed the starving Venezuelan citizens, they’re dying from starvation themselves, as the zoos’ food shipments are few and far between.

Marlene Sifontes, a union leader at INPARQUES, the government agency that runs the Caricuao Zoo, told Reuters in a recent interview:

“The situation that our zoo is going through is very sad. We have animals that have not eaten for up to 15 days, which affects their health.”

Credit: El Estimulo

Credit: El Estimulo

Many animals have been showing signs of emaciation, and over the last six months over 50 animals have died in the nation’s main zoos. Among the deceased are Vietnamese pigs, tapirs, rabbits and birds. The zookeepers have resorted to feeding the animals food that isn’t in theirnormal diet; lions and tigers are eating pumpkin rather than meat and elephants are eating tropical fruit instead of hay.

Their situation is similar to those of the Venezuelan citizens, who wait in long lines at supermarkets everyday hoping to find severely overpriced meat, rice, and chicken. This is why they have resorted to eating the animals at the zoos.

The food shortage is being caused by economic policies that involve strict price controls and foreign exchange controls that make it unprofitable for businesses to import or produce food to then sell to consumers. The government has said nothing of trying to change these laws, but instead suggested making private sector employees with agriculture experience to leave their jobs and work for state-run farms.

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