Homeless Woman Eats Domestic Cat as Venezuela’s Economy Continues in Downward Spiral 

Carlos Díaz

The economic crisis in socialist Venezuela doesn’t seem to be getting any better, as the video shows a homeless woman eating a domestic cat in public as a crowd gathers around her in astonishment.

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The video recorded by a bystander in Rio Chico, Venezuela shows the woman skinning the cat and then proceeding to take the chunks and eat them. The homeless woman is seen in the video trying to fend off the bystanders, but one is heard in the background telling her to be “calm” that they’re just trying to show that “in this country there’s hunger, there’s misery” and that while she eats that, political candidate, Hector Rodriguez, is “eating in the Eurobuilding.”

The Eurobuilding is part of a chain of exclusive hotels and suites in Venezuela that offer guests some of the finest dining world cuisines. Although extremely disturbing, it isn’t the first time that the people of Venezuela have had to resort to killing domestic animals for food due to the substantial and critical lack in the country. Mayor of the Caracas district of Chacao, Ramon Muchacho, had tweeted May of last year that there were “people hunting cats and dogs on the streets, and pigeons on the plazas, to eat them. This is not a joke. It is a very painful reality.”

As riots and protests continue to break out in opposition to the socialist Venezuelan government, the people continue to suffer due to the lack of food, medicine, and basic necessities. USA Today reported that unemployed construction worker Roberto Sanchez, 36, waited in line with 300 people outside a grocery store this week, in hopes that a delivery of cornmeal or rice would arrive. “We have no food. They are cutting power four hours a day. Crime is soaring. And (President Nicolás) Maduro blames everyone but himself for the mess we find ourselves in,” said Sanchez, “We can’t go on like this forever. Something has to give.”

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Earlier last year, Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, called a 60-day state of emergency blaming the U.S. for its efforts in trying to overthrow the socialist government. Although Maduros’ presidential term will expire in 2019, polls show that the majority of the country wants him out as soon as possible.