WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Famous Venezuelan racehorse, Ocean Bay, was stolen and slaughtered for food.
- With the nation in a state of depression, a study says one in three Venezuelans goes hungry.
- Over the past several years, farmers and veterinarians have reported dozens of horses going missing and being butchered in desperation for food.
On Monday, the beloved racehorse Ocean Bay was stolen and butchered. The stallion’s longtime trainer, Ramón García, tweeted, “What a disgrace. This isn’t the Venezuela that I grew up in.”
The incident shows just how desperate the Venezuelan people are for food with the recession in their country deepening into a depression. According to a World Food Program study by the UN this year, one in three Venezuelans is starving. To somehow cope with this, dozens of horses were reported cut to pieces for food.
Typically, horse thieves make their buyers believe they are paying for beef. Sometimes, the meat is also taken for their own families.
Others have blamed President Nicolás Maduro for letting Venezuela fall into such a desperate state.
Ocean Bay’s slaughter really hit hard, seeing as the striking coffee-colored stallion was famous for winning many races- two of Venezuela’s three Triple Crown races in 2016 and five more races the next year, though he sustained an injury.
Ocean Bay was discovered missing from a farm around 80 miles south-west of Caracas, in Tocorón. This triggered much panic as seven other purebreds, including the stallion’s mother, were stolen and butchered just three months before.
Only a few hours after Ocean Bay went missing, part of the horse’s skeleton was discovered near a town jail. The crime is still being investigated by police and Venezuela’s chief prosecutor’s office.
Susana Raffali, a nutrition expert and consultant for the relief agency Caritas Venezuela said on social media, “This is painful for all of us.”
Source: New York Post