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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Hong Kong warns people to stop trying to thwart COVID hamster culls

Hong Kong warns people to stop trying to thwart COVID hamster culls

Hong Kong police will deal with pet lovers who try to stop the hamsters officials say they ordered to kill the rabid rodents to curb COVID-19.

On Tuesday, officials ordered an employee at a store to kill nearly 2,000 hamsters from dozens of pet shops after they were traced to a coronavirus outbreak, where 11 hamsters later tested positive for COVID-19. Did.

Thousands have offered to adopt unwanted hamsters amid public outcry against the government and its pandemic advisers, which the office of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam called irrational.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation (AFCD) said any attempt to save the hamster would be dealt with, even if it meant calling the police.

The department has advised people not to kiss pets, “If the concerned people continue to take such action, or fail to return the hamster that has been snatched, the AFCD will strictly comply and the police to handle it.” will hand over.”

The government has said that the animals are being sent humanely and called upon all sectors of the society to unite to fight the spread of coronavirus.

Around the world, cases of coronavirus have been reported in various animals, including dogs and cats, although scientists have said there is no evidence that animals play a major role in human infection with the coronavirus.

The Hong Kong government has said it cannot take any chances.

Unlike many other cities, Hong Kong has maintained a “zero COVID” strategy focused on eliminating the disease, with schools and gyms closed, restaurants closed at 6 p.m. and air travel with many major hubs broken or severe. terribly interrupted.

Hong Kong is also testing rabbits and chinchillas but only hamsters were positive.

According to broadcaster RTHK, they were all imported from the Netherlands.

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