It said about 50 animals in one of the major zoos in
Venezuela have died of hunger during the past six months because of chronic food shortages.
The trade union leader of the staff in the state parks,
Marlene Sifontes told Reuters news each spent two weeks without food before they died.
Lions and tigers at the zo
o said in Caracas fed mango and pumpkin to compensate for their meat rations.
Government officials have denied that the deaths due to food shortages.
In other cities zoos reported to be in a worse position,
forced to ask for donations of fruits, vegetables and meat from local companies.
Said Marlene Sifontes, union leader of the staff of the agency and state park Inparques: “The animals in Caricuao story is a metaphor for the suffering of Venezuela.”
Venezuela is in the grip of a severe economic crisis which led to food shortages, looting league.
French President Nicolas Maduro blames the country’s problems on what he says is an “economic war” waged by business and government opponents.
His opponents blame the crisis on economic mismanagement by the government, and heavy reliance on oil, which dropped in price.
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