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Animals go hungry in Venezuela zoos due to shortages

Discussion in 'Venezuela' started by littleRedPanda, 28 Jul 2016.

  1. littleRedPanda

    littleRedPanda Well-Known Member

    22 Sep 2014
    In the middle
    Animals go hungry in Venezuela zoos due to shortages - BBC News

    About 50 animals in one of Venezuela's main zoos are reported to have died of hunger over the last six months because of chronic food shortages.
    A union leader for employees in the state parks, Marlene Sifontes, told Reuters news agency some had spent two weeks without food before they died.
    She said lions and tigers in the zoo in Caracas were fed mango and pumpkin to make up their meat rations.
    Government officials have denied the deaths were due to a lack of food.
    In other cities zoos are reported to be in a worse situation, forced to ask for donations of fruit, vegetables and meat from local businesses.

    Paraguana zoo says its six bears are eating half their required 16 kilos (35.2 lb) of food every day
    Marlene Sifontes, union leader for employees of the state park agency, Inparques, said: "The story of the animals at Caricuao is a metaphor for Venezuelan suffering."
    Venezuela is in the grip of a severe economic crisis which has led to food shortages and periodic looting.
    President Nicolas Maduro blames the country's problems on what he says is an "economic war" waged by businessmen and government opponents.
    His opponents blame the crisis on economic mismanagement by the government and a heavy reliance on oil, which has dropped in price.
  2. animal_expert01

    animal_expert01 Well-Known Member

    13 Sep 2015
    QLD Australia
    :(So sad all those animals died...
  3. vogelcommando

    vogelcommando Well-Known Member

    10 Dec 2012
    fijnaart, the netherlands