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Link: Animals Starving In Venezuela Zoos

by Lori Hehn - October 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM
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I hate to link such a sad post but I have been following the crisis in Venezuela for a while. It is not just this zoo, but many shelters and animal sanctuaries that are suffering. People cannot feed themselves and thus pets are given away or let go, and I think there are many people that may be unaware of the severe crisis going on there. 
quotesVTP-SuccessfulBlue.jpg"When a nation is plagued by hard times, people aren’t the only ones to suffer. About 50 animals at Venezuela’s Caricuao Zoo have starved in the last six months due to the rising cost of food, caused by the nation’s economic downturn.
Rabbits, tapirs, porcupines, pigs, and birds are among the fallen at the country’s northern zoo. Some went without food for two weeks."

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Dr. Hehn's Take

The articles about animals starving is so heartbreaking. Humans who have these animals in the zoos and shelters have a responsibility to properly care for them. The sad part is that the humans are also starving due to these incredible food shortages in their country. This is an extremely dire situation for all parties involved. Please read this article to learn more about this global threat and Four Paws, the organization that is trying to help these animals.

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About Lori Hehn

Lori Hehn is a practicing veterinarian and a contributor and content manager with XPrep Learning Solutions. She has a drive for continual learning and enjoys interacting with veterinary and vet tech students. She also writes veterinary learning books for children.

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