Mad(uro) Max? Venezuela's Economic Collapse Is So Bad, People Are Slaughtering And Eating Zoo Animals

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

If you were hungry enough, would you kill and eat zoo animals?  To most of us such a notion sounds absolutely insane, but this is actually happening in Venezuela right now.  This is a country where people are standing in lines for up to 12 hours hoping that there will be food to buy that day, and where rioting and looting have become commonplace.  So even though the U.S. economy is in dreadful shape at this moment, we should be thankful for what we have, because at least we are not experiencing a full-blown economic collapse yet like Venezuela currently is.

Black stallions can be some of the most beautiful horses on the entire planet, but things are so desperate down in Venezuela this summer that everything looks like food to some people at this point.  What happened at the Caricuao Zoo on Sunday is so horrible that I actually debated whether or not to share it with you.  Desperate people do desperate things, and when people get hungry enough they will do things such as this

Venezuela’s worsening food shortages had tragic consequences for a rare show horse last weekend, when a group of intruders broke into the zoo, pulled the black stallion from its cage, then slaughtered it for meat.


Prosecutors say the crime occurred in the small hours of Sunday morning at Caracas’ Caricuao Zoo, when “several people” sneaked into the state-run park under the cover of darkness and busted into the stallion’s pen. The horse, the only one of its kind in the zoo, was then led to a more secluded area and butchered on the spot. Only its head and ribs were left behind in a gruesome pile for zookeepers to find after sunrise.

Unfortunately, this precious animal was not even the first victim at that particular zoo.

A few weeks ago, pigs and sheep were the targets

Sadly, this horse wasn’t the first zoo animal to suffer the effects of Venezuela’s crippling food shortages. Some Vietnamese pigs and sheep were reportedly stolen from the same zoo earlier this month.

Dozens of other zoo animals are slowing starving to death because there is no food available to give to them.  In fact, it is being reported that at least 50 animals have died from lack of food at one zoo alone

At least 50 animals have died in the last six months at the Caricuao zoo in Caracas, Venezuela, due to widespread food shortages that are affecting both man and beast in the socialist nation.


Marlene Sifontes, a union leader for employees of state parks agency Inparques which oversees zoos, told Reuters that the zoo lost Vietnamese pigs, tapirs, rabbits and birds after the animals went weeks without eating. Others animals at the zoo are in danger of severe malnutrition. Lions and tigers, which should be on a carnivorous diet, are being fed mango and pumpkin just to get something in their empty stomachs, while an elephant is being fed tropical fruit instead of its usual diet of hay, the union leader said. According to one report, the big cats are being fed slaughtered thoroughbred racehorses from a nearby race track.

If what you have just read hurts your heart, let us not forget that it is not just the animals that are suffering.  There are millions of precious people down there that are living on the very edge of starvation as you read this article.

Earlier this year, one mayor came forward and admitted to the world that some people are so hungry that they are actually hunting “cats, dogs and pigeons” for food…

Ramón Muchacho, Mayor of Chacao in Caracas, said the streets of the capital of Venezuela are filled with people killing animals for food.


Through Twitter, Muchacho reported that in Venezuela, it is a “painful reality” that people “hunt cats, dogs and pigeons” to ease their hunger. People are also reportedly gathering vegetables from the ground and trash to eat as well.


The crisis in Venezuela is worsening everyday due in part to shortages reaching 70 percent […] six Venezuelan military officials were arrested for stealing goats to ease their hunger, as there was no food at the Fort Manaure military base.

With each passing week, the situation in Venezuela keeps on getting worse.

And even though the United States has made many of the exact same mistakes that Venezuela has made, most of us just assume that what is happening down there could never happen up here.

After all, we have “the greatest economy in the world” and we are “the wealthiest nation on the entire planet”, right?

Well, actually our economic infrastructure has been systematically gutted by free trade deals and we consume far more wealth than we produce.  We have artificially pumped up our standard of living by adding more than 1.1 trillion dollars a year to the national debt since Barack Obama has been in the White House, and one recent poll discovered that 62 percent of all Americans have less than $1,000 saved up.

But don’t worry.  Instead of turning out like Venezuela, the mainstream media insists that the best days for America are right around the corner.

In fact, just today I came across a Business Insider article that insisted that soon our biggest economic problem will be that we won’t be able to find enough workers.

And Barbra Streisand is so thrilled that Hillary Clinton is going to be our next president that she launched into a rousing rendition of “Happy Days Are Here Again as she kicked off her farewell tour in Los Angeles.  The following account comes from the Drudge Report

So long sad times
Go along bad times
We are rid of you at last
Howdy gay times
Cloudy gray times
You are now a thing of the past
Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So let’s sing a song of cheer again…

Streisand suddenly interrupted the lyric, realizing a Democrat was currently in the White House!

“By the way, I love Obama.”

Altogether shout it now
There’s no one
Who can doubt it now
So let’s tell the world about it now
Happy days are here again

So what is the truth?

Are we going to end up just like Venezuela, or are happy days here once more?

Unfortunately, I have a feeling that we are not going to have to wait too long to find out…

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HelluvaEngineer's picture

Mmmmm...tasty animals.  The cute ones taste the best.

maskone909's picture

Just spotted: charlie sheen drinking tigers blood.

cheka's picture

pelicans look tasty.  turkey with a  twang?

wee-weed up's picture



I guess if Maduro invites Hitlery down for a state dinner, she'd best decline...

Her well-fed plump body just might end up on the menu...

Mmmm... Roast cankles with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

The only person authorized to eat Hillary is Huma Abedin.....or so I have heard.

Escrava Isaura's picture

This article reminds me of this:

The 20th century's industrialization leaves the world overcrowded, polluted and stagnant. In 2022, with 40 million people in New York City, housing is dilapidated and overcrowded; homeless people fill the streets; many are unemployed, the few "lucky" ones with jobs are only barely scraping by, and food and working technology is scarce. Most of the population survives on rations produced by the Soylent Corporation.



Pickleton's picture

Please ignore that this article is about third world shithole socialism, which you're a fan of.


Oh yeah, soylent green is FICTION.

Dead Canary's picture

For millions of years, humans have been eating zoo animals.

omniversling's picture

Is that how she wore the hole in her tongue?

Hillary's Recent SEIZURE: Is the "HOLE" in Hillary Clinton’s Tongue from Cancer Surgery?

Or perhaps she's consuming herself. Kinda like the US is, as she heads towards the reset...other suggestions include:

"the sutures that have been holding her forked tongue together have finally started to snap"

"it's the breathing hole for the reptile that drives her skin suit"

"it's the feeding hole nipple for mainlining sacrificial bloodshakes"

Hillary Clinton has seizure / convulsions - tries to play it off making fun of seizures CLOSER LOOK
Hillary Clinton Has A Seizure
Hillary Clinton Seizures @ DNC? (Sheila Aliens)

the Insanity never ends in Insanistan

NoDebt's picture

"Tastes like chicken!"

Shame on all of you for not already using this line.  I'm very disappointed.


Implied Violins's picture zombie chickens taste like brains? The soon to be zombie masses want to know.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) omniversling Aug 4, 2016 6:49 PM

They crashed the oil price to bankrupt Russia.

Monsters running this world.

Ya know Susan Power who was said to talk Obama into attacking Libya worked with Hillary previously and quit calling her a "Monster"

Just imagine that.

Antifaschistische's picture

hold on just a minute!!!  Lions and tigers!!

Doesn't it make more sense to feed the Lions and Tigers with Venezuelans?

Buck O Five's picture

Find a stadium and hand out the bread.

Should distract the plebs from their plight and provide a means of dispatching undesirable elements from the socialist paradise.

Everyone is a winner

nibiru's picture

Socialism - aren't you loving it?


Take that for the whole world so we (maybe) will have a clear, fresh example of why leftists are wrong.

Automatic Choke's picture

long pig is next......the other other white meat.


omniversling's picture

Doubledouble upvote for your avatar licking its chops beside that comment..

Buck O Five's picture

Hey, this clown tastes funny.

Doom Porn Star's picture

"long pig is next "

At essence 'socialism' is to devour your neighbor if he appears to weigh more than you do, and the idological construct that the disparity in weight grants the cannibal some form of inesplicable moral justification...


On a serious note: cannibalism is already a reality in Venezueala if people have resorted to eating zoo animals and garbage.  

You just aren't going to hear about it..

whosetosay's picture

Very sad comments here on Zero Hedge here today. I lurk and rarely post but I am truly saddened with what I'm reading.... from tastes like chicken to giraffe necks. People are starving and beautiful creatures are being slaughtered.

Pickleton's picture

People reap what they sow.  We are going to reap soon enough what progressivism produces.  Poverty and finally mass death.  If you think you're immune from this, you might just be a progressive democrat.

xrxs's picture

There may come a time when you're not just reading about it.

847328_3527's picture

Be prepared with at least 6 months of food. If posssibel water also.


Goes without saying ammo, etc. My guess is if Hildebeast gets elected, gun stores will sell out in a week.

greenskeeper carl's picture

Its called gallows humor. If you haven't developed it yet, you'd better get started in a hurry. You're going to need it. I have seen and had to deal with some seriously fucked up shit in my life, and have made some pretty fucked up jokes about it with my friends at 'work' that would disgust most people if they heard it. Not because I really think the situation is funny, but becasue it takes your mind off what you are dealing with and makes for a good distraction.

Stroke's picture






Badsamm's picture

I feed my neighborhood birds just in case, gives my cat something to chase too

A Nanny Moose's picture

Apparently these animals are not more equal than others.

Edit: Yentl is doing a farewell tour? Is she even relevant?

E.F. Mutton's picture

To a few old Jewish ladies (of both sexes), yes.

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) A Nanny Moose Aug 4, 2016 5:06 PM

It'd be funny if this was true but since no real media is picking this story up I'm sure its all made up 

Bryan's picture

Mmm, tastes like chicken.

NoDebt's picture

Exactly.  Sorry, I posted the same before I saw yours.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

Venison tastes so much better.  All ZH'ers should harvest some this fall.

HRH of Aquitaine's picture
HRH of Aquitaine (not verified) HelluvaEngineer Aug 4, 2016 8:55 PM

I agree! Nothing like venison heart and liver over a wood fire. The best.

Promethus's picture

Mmm tastes like eagle.

E.F. Mutton's picture

This can't really be happening.  Because CNN would have said something.

Seriously, the new mantra at WaPo is that this is all caused by "Crashing Oil Prices".  Can't be their form of gummint.

847328_3527's picture

Wolf Bitzer is too busy distorting the truth on other stories to cover this one. Maybe CNN's Gold Star muslim, Fahreed Zakaria can cover it after he stops by the Clinton Foundation to get his next orders.

QEpp's picture

Bail me out Bernie!!

wisehiney's picture


(to butter and garlic)

smokintoad's picture

Furries had better start worrying.

New World Chaos's picture

Eat the politicians first.  They have fattened themselves up for the slaughter.

Old cannibal tip:  Boil their flesh if you don't want a piece of their soul to contaminate yours.

cowdiddly's picture

Whoever gets those Giraffe neckbones is eatin from now on.....WOOT