Effects of Socialism: Starving Venezuelans Abandoning Their Pets

Animal abuse is just one effect of socialism. Venezuelans are starving, but their pets are also suffering.

Animal abuse is just one more effect of socialism. Venezuelans are starving, but their pets are also suffering. Because they can’t even feed their children — all thanks to the wonders of socialism — the people of Venezuela are abandoning their pets to the streets where other people are killing them for food.

Even if these poor animals are not eaten by other people, they are left to the streets to starve.

I wonder how many liberals here in the U.S. who claim that socialism is such a great idea realize how bad socialism is for animals?

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The story comes from MySanAntonio:

If life in Venezuela has become hard for humans, it has become even harder for many pets. With inflation soaring toward 1 million percent, dog food and veterinary care have spiraled out of reach for millions of people. One kilo – or 2.2 pounds – of dog food, for instance, now costs nearly the equivalent of three weeks’ salary for a minimum-wage worker.

The result, animal specialists say, has been an exploding population of abandoned dogs on the streets and rising numbers in underfunded shelters. Although there are no reliable national figures on the phenomenon, officials from eight shelters in the capital, Caracas, said they had seen a roughly 50 percent rise in the number of pets left at their facilities this year. At the same time, pet adoptions have a dropped by as much as a third, they said.

“People are being forced to choose their priorities, and dogs for the most part aren’t one of them,” said Esmeralda Larrosa, owner of the Kauna Animal Foundation, a Caracas shelter. Her facility, she said, is now struggling to feed its 125 dogs – including 15 that arrived within the previous two weeks. “The rise in abandonment we are seeing is simply crazy.”

On one recent morning, dozens of dogs, many of them emaciated, languished inside Evelia’s Shelter in eastern Caracas. The smell of dog urine filled the air – a scent hard to wash away in a city where businesses and homes have running water only intermittently. A tiny, skeletal black poodle – brought in a week earlier – sat in one corner. A 1-year-old golden retriever, recently surrendered by a man unable to feed him, roamed the yard.

“Every day is incredibly sad,” said Aida Lopez Mendez, 53, one of the shelter’s owners. “We never thought the situation could get so tragic.”

We never thought the situation could get so tragic. That sums socialism up perfectly right there.

So, next time someone touts socialism in your presence, ask them what about the pets? Then tell them how bad animals have it in Venezuela. Then ask them why they approve of the abuse of animals.

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