Translated by: MOS Information – Sunflower194
A pet store in Hong Kong recently had a hamster tested positive for the CCP virus (COVID-19) and the Hong Kong government decided to kill hundreds of small animals, which received a strong backlash from animal protection groups on the 19th.
As the same with mainland China, Hong Kong has maintained a strict “zero” policy to prevent the outbreak of the CCP virus through tracing close contact, universal screening, strict isolation and extended social distance rules to eradicate the virus.
However, the latest measures will target hamsters and other small animals, including chinchillas, rabbits and guinea pigs; the Hong Kong Communist authorities said on the 18th that they would “take precautionary measures” to kill these animals.
Hamsters sold at the Little Boss pet store have tested positive for the Delta variant of the coronavirus. The Hong Kong Communist Party authorities “strongly recommend” that people who bought hamsters after 22nd of last month hand over their pets to be killed by the authorities.
Animal lovers from all over Hong Kong are angry. They launched a petition on Change.org and received more than 23,000 signatures in one day; the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also condemned the decision.
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Association said in a statement which has been sent to the Agence France-Presse on 19 June: “The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Association is shocked and concerned by the recent announcement that more than 2,000 animals will be handle by the Hong Kong authority. We urge pet owners not to panic nor abandon their pets.”
Hong Kong Communist authorities said on the 18th that the biologies tested positive for the CCP virus are believed to have been imported from the Netherlands.
The Hong Kong Secretary for Food and Health Department, Chan Siu-chee, said at a press conference: “Internationally, there is no evidence that pet can transmit the CCP virus to human, but… precautionary measures will be taken to prevent any spread of infection.
Authorities said about 1,000 animals sold at Little Boss pet stores and another 1,000 animals sold at more than 10 pet stores across Hong Kong will all be killed. Hong Kong has also banned the import of small mammals.
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