Hong Kong permits hamster pet shops to renew enterprise following COVID cull

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Authorities enraged pet lovers with an order to cull greater than 2,200 hamsters after tracing an outbreak to a employee in a store the place 11 hamsters examined constructive.

Hong Kong’s authorities has stated dozens of pet shops that offered hamsters in Hong Kong could resume enterprise from Sunday, after being shuttered final week and 1000’s culled over coronavirus fears.

Authorities enraged pet lovers with an order to cull greater than 2,200 hamsters after tracing an outbreak to a employee in a store the place 11 hamsters examined constructive. Imported hamsters from Holland into the Chinese language territory had been cited because the supply. All hamster imports stay banned.

Town’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Division stated in an announcement late on Saturday (29 Jan) that it collected 1,134 samples from animals apart from hamsters together with rabbits and chinchillas, which had been all unfavorable.

The federal government stated 5 shops, together with the “Little Boss” pet store, which began the outbreak, remained shuttered as that they had not but “handed the virus take a look at.”

The federal government stated 5 shops, together with the “Little Boss” pet store, which began the outbreak, remained shuttered as that they had not but “handed the virus take a look at.”

It added that “All the opposite involved pet retailers then again have been totally disinfected and cleaned and the environmental swabs collected from these retailers have all handed the COVID-19 virus take a look at.”

The federal government stated on Friday (28 Jan) that it could compensate pet retailers buying and selling in hamsters, providing a one-off cost of as much as HK$30,000 (US$3,850).

Individuals who had in latest weeks purchased hamsters – common condominium pets within the congested metropolis – had been ordered to give up them for testing and what the federal government described as “humane dispatch”.

1000’s of individuals supplied to undertake undesirable hamsters amid a public outcry in opposition to the federal government and its pandemic advisers, which authorities referred to as irrational. A examine printed in The Lancet medical journal, which has not but been peer reviewed, stated Hong Kong researchers have discovered proof that pet hamsters can unfold COVID-19 and linked the animals to human infections within the metropolis. (NNT)

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