Senator Carlos Cantero says: 'The Chupacabras Must Be Taken Seriously'
Senator Carlos Cantero says: "The Chupacabras Must Be Taken Seriously" SOURCE: Diario Las Ultimas Noticias (Chile) by: María Isabel Besnier
The parliamentarian recalls that the infamous "Chupacabras" had its moment of glory about a year ago.
North Region parlamentarian laments that a very definite reality is concealted behind the mythic figure--the fact that peasants were deprived of their livelihoods.
Between upset and agressive, senator Carlos Cantero acknowledges that many newspapers and radio shows have not taken him seriously in regards to his claim about the Chupacabras, a mythic beast which has supposedly paraded itself throughout Chile, sucking blood and killing animals belonging to many local residents. .
These persons, says the parliamentarian, were left without their main source of income from one day to the next, and the authorities have not made them privy to the results of their investigations, into which public man hours and monies were invested.
"Some tell me, hey, you sure are worried about the Chupacabras," says Cantero, for whom the real problem is that Carabineros, the Investigations Dept. and the Legal Medical Service have spent resources in studying what has happened to the dead animals and in spite of this, no one, not even the senator requesting the reprots, knows their outcome.
Perhaps the Chupacabras went out of fashion, because until the middle of last year, everyone blamed it for the animal deaths, but nothing else was ever heard about it.
Being fashionable is not the issue. What happens is that the authorities are not aware that these humble locals lost animals that are their livelihood and no explanations have been forthcoming. Just the other day, more than 80 geese belonging to a lady who lived off them died [under unexplained conditions]. She then asks me, now what am I supposed to do, since I'm even ashamed to complain to the police about it? What happened to this woman with the gees happened to many others who owned sheep, cattle, lambs...
-So what's with the men from SAG who go to the sites, take samples and look serious when the TV cameras are focused on them?
-I'd like to know the very same, because every time I ask, Carabineros and the Investigations Dept. tell me that "there's nothing new to report." And the fact that more animals have died, is that not new, then?
-You requested a report from the government of El Loa. What did they tell you?
-Yes. They sent me a report that says "no new developments."
- What do you think is behind the "no new developments"?
-I don't know. I don't mean to say that the Chupacabras is some strange creature, but it must be taken seriously, whatever it is. Maybe stray dogs are to blame, what do I know? But since everyone is afraid of rdicule in this country, they would rather go off on a tangent, not realizing that a family that lives off farming starves for a whole year if its animals die.
-You're a geographer by training. Is there any scientific explanation for the existence of a Chupacabras?
-Common sense tells me that this has to do with an animal that is migrating, probably from the Argentinean side, and in its desperation for food begins to kill animals. Theres an objective side to it all, the fact that people find their animals dead, and there is no plausible explanation. If the Police Investigations Dept. and Carabineros performed an analysis, I would like to know what results were yielded by these inquiries. The entire country was treated to the sight of experts, in their various uniforms, covered in weapons and utensils, taking samples for further study. And when we ask for the results, they all squirm and say "there are no new developments".
-Some said that the Chupacabras was nothing more than a ruse by some authorities to relegate the subject of unemployment or mismanagement of the subject of pollution to the back burner.
-I don't know. All i know is that people were bereft of their source of income, their animals. I would like the director of Carabineros (Miguel Ugarte) to ask his lab exports what it was that they found in the hair samples taken, what have they found in the carcasses of the animals that turned up dead and were taken away to be autopsied. I'm not after any sensationalist figure. I'm after something rather solid and has to do with humble families that were left without their main source of income. Rather than helping them, it turns out that everyone is laughing to death about them, no one has given them a helping hand and no one has told them why their animals died.
- What's your explanation for the silence?
-Maybe its fear of ridicule, but maybe it's something more complex and there's a pact of silence between the agencies
-Have you had any paranormal experiences? Maybe that's the explanation for the Chupacabras.
-It could perhaps be an explanation, but to avoid speculation, I need scientists to give me an answer by breaking the silence and telling me what they found.
-Ever had a paranormal experience?
-No. I was educated in the scientific method as a geographer. I studied to analyze nature and that's why when I see a dead animal, and know that it has been examined, I want to see the results.
Between history and legend
Although it lacks the bawdiness of the Trauco (who leaves women pregnant) or the solemnity of the British monster that appears in Loch Ness, the Chupacabras has been catalogued as the most important "unexplained creature" of this century.
Its origin is recent, going back to March 1995 when the residents of two towns in central Puerto Rico (Orocovis y Morovis) discovered that their farm animals were being attacked in a manner different from the one customarily employed by wild beasts.
Goats, rabbits, chickens, cows and sheep turned up exanguinated, and their carcasses presented a simple, small puncture mark on their throats.
The Chupacabras subsequently "jumped" to Mexico, Brazil, the United States and Peru, among other countries. In all locations it appears with a different shape, but with a common element: it draws its victims' blood cleanly and soundlessly.
The high point of Chupacabras activity in Chile was as of the 20th of April last year, when Calama delivered the first clues to the beasts attacks. In six days, 215 animals died in a similar manner. Almost everyone believed having seen it and the peasants reported the deaths of their farm animals on a weekly basis
The phenomenon was extinguished by mid-September, at least in the media, when the last reported attack -- a farmer in Buin whose hens were killed-- appeared in the press
Translation (C) 2001. Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology
Special Thanks to Rodrigo Cuadra, T.O.C.
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