Hong Kong warns folks to cease making an attempt to stop COVID hamster cull

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HONG KONG, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Hong Kong police will cope with pet lovers who attempt to cease folks giving up their hamsters to be put down, or who supply to look after deserted hamsters, authorities mentioned, after they ordered a cull of the cuddly rodents to curb the coronavirus.

On Tuesday, officers ordered the killing of about 2,000 hamsters from dozens of pet outlets after tracing a coronavirus outbreak to a employee at a store, the place 11 hamsters later examined optimistic for COVID-19. learn extra

1000’s of individuals have supplied to undertake undesirable hamsters amid a public outcry towards the federal government and its pandemic advisers, which the workplace of Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam referred to as irrational.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Division (AFCD) mentioned any effort to attempt to save hamsters could be handled, even when that meant calling within the legislation.

“If the folks involved proceed with such motion, or fail to return the hamsters taken away, the AFCD will stringently observe up and hand it over to the police for dealing with,” mentioned the division, which has additionally suggested folks to not kiss pets.

The federal government has mentioned the animals are being humanely dispatched and referred to as on all sectors of society to unite to struggle the unfold of coronavirus.

World wide, there have been coronavirus circumstances in varied animals together with dogs and cats, although scientists have mentioned there isn’t a proof animals play a significant function in human contagion with the coronavirus.

The Hong Kong authorities has mentioned it can’t take any possibilities.

In contrast to many different cities, Hong Kong has maintained a “zero COVID” technique centered on eliminating the illness, with faculties and gymnasiums shut, eating places closing at 6 p.m. (1000 GMT) and air journey with many main hubs severed or severely disrupted. learn extra

Hong Kong has additionally been testing rabbits and chinchillas however solely the hamsters had been optimistic. They had been all imported from the Netherlands, in accordance with broadcaster RTHK.

Reporting By Anne Marie Roantree; Enhancing by Karishma Singh

Our Requirements: The Thomson Reuters Belief Rules.

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