As young Americans trend toward socialism, we have real-life examples of just how destructive such an economic system is in practice as opposed to its romantic portrayal in the classrooms of liberal tenured professors.

After watching the economic collapse of Greece, we're now witnessing the destruction of socialist utopia Venezuela. Aside from chubby dictator Nicolas Maduro and his fellow elites, the Venezuelan people are running out of food and medical supplies. In their starving desperation, citizens have resorted to breaking into zoos to slaughter and eat the also malnourished animals; buffalo, pigs and horses are top choices on the menu.

But just like the communal food lines preferred by Millennials, broadening your palate is just another perk of socialism. You might not have ever ventured out and tried horse meat unless your socialist-induced starvation drove you to it, right?

The Daily Beast reports:

In a country that once was rich, but where people are beginning to starve, few animals are safe. One morning in August at the metropolitan zoo in the torrid city of Maracaibo, workers were shocked to find the bones of a buffalo and some wild pigs inside their cages with clear signs of mutilation. Thieves allegedly stole the meat to eat what they could and sell the rest on the local market.

In west Caracas, at the zoo of Caricuao district, the same sort of thing happened. Watchmen found the bones and offal of a black horse inside its enclosure. Apparently the perpetrators only took the edible parts of the animal.

As noted by Hot Air's Jazz Shaw, the animals being killed for their meat are already in bad shape, malnourished from the dire economic situation in the country.

“[T]he animals are dying from malnutrition and some others are dying because of the lack of medicines for the treatments they require," said one local zoo employee.

Sadly, one of the most beloved and oldest zoo animals, Ruperta the Elephant, is currently starving to death. "She is currently going hungry and may not live much longer," notes Shaw.

This is socialism.

And, terrifyingly, this is what Americans are increasingly cozying up to. The Democrat Party has seemingly shifted their support more in the direction of the Bernie Sanders camp. Additionally, according to a recent YouGov survey, nearly half of Millennials prefer socialism to capitalism.

If not even the reports of starving Venezuelans killing zoo animals for food can wake up Americans to the evils of socialism, what will?