REPORTED BY THE NEW YORK POST (Jun. 13, 2020) — The grisly slaughter of a beloved racehorse is shining a light on just how desperate Venezuelans are for food as they struggle to survive their country’s economic collapse.
Ocean Bay, who galloped away with Venezuela’s most prestigious titles, was stolen and butchered Monday, sparking outrage that spread like wildfire across the country, The Associated Press reported.
“What a disgrace,” Ramón García, the stallion’s longtime trainer, tweeted. “This isn’t the Venezuela that I grew up in.”
Farmers and veterinarians have reported dozens of horses cut to pieces over the past few years as a recession has deepened into a depression. A UN World Food Program study earlier this year found one in three Venezuelans is going hungry.
The death of Ocean Bay hit particularly hard though, because of his fame and striking looks — a shining coffee-colored coat with an elegant white diamond-shaped streak on his face.
In 2016, the stallion snatched two of Venezuela’s three Triple Crown races. He sustained an injury but returned the next year to win five more races.
One illustrator posted portraits of Ocean Bay online; others blamed President Nicolás Maduro for letting the nation get into such a sorry state.
“This is painful for all of us,” Susana Raffalli, a nutrition expert who consults for relief agency Caritas Venezuela, wrote on social media. Read full article »