Maduro calls for Venezuela ‘rabbit plan’
VENEZUELA’S crippling economic crisis means that eating meat is a luxury for many, but the Maduro government believes it has the answer with a plan to breed and consume rabbits.
“For animal protein, which is such an important issue, a ‘rabbit plan’ has been approved because rabbits also breed like rabbits,” President Nicolas Maduro joked on state television, introducing the idea as a cheaper alternative to other sources of meat.
The president said the plan was part of his government’s offensive in the “economic war”, his term for Venezuela’s worsening crisis, amid shortages of food and medicine.
A survey published earlier this year showed nearly 75 percent of the population lost an average of 8.7 kilos in weight due to lack of proper nutrition because of the crisis.
Maduro said he had entrusted the project to the head of a government food programme, Freddy Bernal.
Bernal said Venezuelans would have to get over their love of rabbits for the plan to work.
He said people needed to understand “that the rabbit is not a pet, but two and a half kilos of meat with high protein and no cholesterol put on the table of Venezuelans.”
Bernal told the same TV programme he recently delivered the first batches of rabbit pups to poor neighbourhoods but he says people simply became fond of the animals and “grabbed them as pets”.