‘Rab­bit Plan’ de­rided

Otago Daily Times - - The World -

CARA­CAS: The Venezue­lan Gov­ern­ment this week urged cit­i­zens to see rab­bits as more than ‘‘cute pets’’ as it de­fended a plan to breed and eat them, which the op­po­si­tion says will do noth­ing to end chronic food short­ages.

The ‘‘Rab­bit Plan’’ is an ef­fort by Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro’s Gov­ern­ment to boost food avail­abil­ity.

Maduro’s ad­ver­saries dis­miss such ideas as non­sen­si­cal, in­sist­ing the real prob­lem is a failed model of oil­fi­nanced 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.

‘‘A rab­bit is not a pet; it’s two and a­half ki­los of meat that is high in pro­tein, with no choles­terol.’’

‘‘Are you se­ri­ous?’’ asked Hen­rique Capriles, a state gover­nor, in a video to re­sponse to Ber­nal.

‘‘You want peo­ple to start rais­ing rab­bits to solve the prob­lem of hunger in our coun­try?’’ — Reuters

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