‘Rabbit Plan’ derided
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