China Mega City, Hong Kong has ordered for the killing of 2,000 hamsters, after 11 positive covid-19 cases. The announcement aims at reducing the spread from animals to humans in any way possible.
The authorities warn their citizens not to kiss or hug any pet to reduce the spread of the virus, much to the dismay of pet-lovers. Hong Kong also ordered the stop of import and sales of hamsters and went for a city-wide disinfection in all pet shops.
The local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which runs veterinary clinics, did not agree with this move.
“The SPCA is shocked and concerned over the recent government announcement on the handling of over 2,000 small animals, which did not take animal welfare and the human-animal bond into consideration,” they said.
Health Secretary, Sophia Chan has defended the authorities, saying that they were just being cautious.
“Pet owners should keep a good hygiene practice, including washing hands after touching the animals, handling their food or other items, and avoid kissing the animals,” Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department director Leung Siu-fai Leung also told reporters.