About 20 years ago I sold my beat-up but beloved 650cc Triumph Tiger motorcycle for a measly $850 because I was desperate and needed the money. I wonder how much stuff Cuba sells because it needs the money. Not just animals, but paintings, antiquities, rare coins, stamps, sculptures and more. The thought occurred to me over the weekend when I read a BBC story about Cuba's plans to send zoo animals to Venezuela in exchange for veterinary supplies.
At least zoo animals can reproduce, unlike my Triumph, so maybe Cuba is just getting rid of surplus animals.
I guess trading the animals to Venezuela is more civilized than killing the animals and eating them. A Reuters story said that occurred during the height of Cuba's economic crisis in the 1990s.
The Reuters story said: "During the "special period," as the crisis after the Soviet collapse is known in Cuba, some zoo animals were said to have been taken and used for food."
I visited one Havana zoo a few years ago and was surprised how easy it was to get close to the animals. Visitors could drive their cars through fields where giraffes, elephants, rhinos and other animals were running loose.