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Venezuela's Maduro says his people should eat rabbits to curb hunger

Posted by on Sep. 16, 2017 at 4:53 PM
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Let them eat rabbits. That's Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro's plan to help stave off hunger in his economically miserable nation. Authorities have also taught people to plant food on roofs and balconies of their homes.

Maduro's government this week urged citizens to see rabbits as more than “cute pets” as it defended a plan to breed and eat them even as the opposition said this would do nothing to end chronic food shortages, Reuters reported. 

The “Rabbit Plan” is an effort by the government to boost food availability.

Maduro’s adversaries dismissed such ideas as nonsensical, insisting the real problem is a failed model of oil-financed socialism that was unable to survive after crude markets collapsed.

“There is a cultural problem because we have been taught that rabbits are cute pets,” Urban Agriculture Minister Freddy Bernal said during a televised broadcast with Maduro this week. “A rabbit is not a pet; it’s two and 5.5 pounds of meat that is high in protein, with no cholesterol.” 

Maduro’s critics lampooned the idea.

“Are you serious?” asked Henrique Capriles, a state governor and two-time opposition presidential candidate in a video to response to Bernal. “ … You want people to start raising rabbits to solve the problem of hunger in our country?” 

Rabbit consumption is common in Europe and to lesser extent in the United States. The animals are more efficient than pigs and cattle in converting protein into edible meat, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

But raising rabbits in significant quantities in contemporary Venezuela would be difficult. 

The country’s constant shortages, resulting from stringent price and currency controls, would probably leave the would-be rabbit industry struggling to find materials ranging from feed to metal and wire for breeding cages.

Maduro says the country is a victim of an “economic war” led by adversaries and fueled by recent sanctions imposed by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.


Let Them Eat Rabbits, Maduro Says of Hungry Venezuelans - Newsmax

https://apple.news/AKWfmkdAlOb-8Amso6d4hVg

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EireLass
by Ruby Member on Sep. 16, 2017 at 4:58 PM

They'll eat a cows tail, but not a rabbit?

Nothing wrong with that. We certainly aren't financially strapped, but we eat rabbit. We eat our own chickens. Meat is meat is meat. 

Arroree
by Ruby Member on Sep. 16, 2017 at 5:00 PM

While i agree that it won't do anything to solve the countrys problems, teaching the people how to grow and breed food for themselves IS a solid plan when fighting food shortage and starvation issues. Most countries consider rabbits to be a food animal, not a pet, so i'm not sure why that's even an issue. They taste a lot like chicken, they breed and grow extremely fast, so they make for a decent food source. 

WilyMommy
by Missbod on Sep. 16, 2017 at 5:11 PM

I'm thinking it's not as much the idea of eating rabbit that has offended people, but the fact that he doesn't seem at all interested in the well-being of his citizens or the improvement of his country, which becomes pretty apparent when he suggests "quick fixes" like "well you can eat rabbit."

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