Starving Venezuelans ‘butcher a DOG in the street to eat’ as country’s President Maduro is criticised for donating £3.8million to Hurricane Harvey victims amid food crisis

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

Images show two men butchering a dog on a street in Caracas, Venezuela
They had allegedly killed the dog in order to cook and consume the meat
Venezuela is suffering a food crisis with few people affording essential items
Two thirds of families in Venezuela can’t afford meat, eggs or margarine

6 September 2017

The food crisis in Venezuela has forced the population to butcher their pet dogs for meat, opposition party leaders claim.

Photos released this weekend show two men in the capital Caracas skinning and cutting up a dog in the street, allegedly in order to get something to eat.

Venezuela has been suffering severe food shortages for years, but the situation has worsened in the wake of the recent constitutional assembly elections, and now two thirds of families say they cannot afford meat, eggs or margarine.

The images have been put out by opposition party Vente Venezuela as President Nicholas Maduro offered financial assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in the U.S. to the tune of $5million (£3.84million).

‘While the dictatorship gives away $5 million to the United States and others are considering governorships, Venezuelans are eating dogs,’ party representative Javier Chirinos tweeted.

The chaotic collapse of the country’s socialist economic model has created chronic food shortages that have fuelled malnutrition and left millions seeking food anywhere they can find it, including bins or on the street.

In April this year, 11.4 per cent of of children in vulnerable areas of Venezuela were experiencing acute malnutrition, according to the Washington Post.

A third of families said they were resorting to emergency strategies such as eating from bins, having their children beg for food or selling essential items in their home.

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