Maduro’s solution to hunger: Eat rabbits

What is it with dictator’s minds coming up with crazy plans to fix serious problems such as hunger? Is he channelling a certain dead dictator who had plans for mini-cows, air conditioned Belgian cows, lots of coffee gardens, the draining of the Cienaga de Zapata . . .

Maduro’s problem

Via Reuters:

Venezuela’s new plan to beat hunger: Breed rabbits

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’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 says this would do nothing to end chronic food shortages.

The “Rabbit Plan” is an effort by the government of President Nicolas Maduro to boost food availability. Authorities have also taught citizens to plant food on roofs and balconies of their homes.

Maduro’s adversaries dismiss 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 a half kilos (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.

Via Eye On The World :

Speaking on national TV, President Maduro related the following:

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

That plan consisted of handing out rabbits to people in which to breed and consume. Problem is, the trial program in 15 communities saw people dress up rabbits with ribbons and such and treat them as pets rather than something to put in the pot. Which led to Maduro admitting that the “rabbit plan “had not got off to a good start” and the minister of urban agriculture, Freddy Bernal, saying there had been a “cultural problem”.

When Australia did the same in 1788, it resulted in a huge ecological problem, with them being the most significant known factor in species loss in Australia, which is still extant to this day.

1 thought on “Maduro’s solution to hunger: Eat rabbits”

  1. Marie Antoinette (though she never said it): “Let them eat cake.”

    Maduro the Moron: “Let them eat rabbits.”

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