China orders citizens to get rid of their pets – or risk having them CULLED – Communities around China have ordered their residents to stop keeping pets – or risk getting them culled – amid fears that animals could also catch a new coronavirus that has killed 213 in less than three weeks.
A Chinese infectious disease scientist warned that pets must also be quarantined or weaned if exposed to coronavirus patients, with the risk that the animals may also be transmitted.
According to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence of the virus spreading to cats or dogs. This kind of hysteria is completely useless.
Coronavirus outbreaks at the site, Zero, are forbidden for residents of cats and dogs to leave their homes. According to a leaflet sent to the community, local authorities warned that they would catch all domestic animals, kill and bury them on the spot if they saw them in the environment.
The city of Ansan in Liaoning Province urged all pet markets to stop temporary trade and police forces to “severely restrict” residents from walking their pet dogs in a public announcement this week.
It also banned locals from flying their pigeons and demanded that all stray wild pigeons be killed when the outbreak accelerates.
Dr. Peter J. Li, an expert on Chinese politics at Humane Society International, said the organization had noticed bulletins issued by Chinese local authorities telling them to ban and even kill dogs and cats.
This is not the right approach for local authorities in China to deal with the national crisis that can be traced to China’s out-of-control wildlife trade,’ Dr. Li told MailOnline.
‘Companion animals did not contribute to the outbreak of SARS in 2002-2003. They do not have anything to do with the Wuhan epidemic,’ he added.
In Dr. Li’s opinion, such orders to get rid of pets or even kill them could undermine the national effort to curb the outbreak by ‘pulling much-needed efforts and resources away from the real battleground’.
‘Their acts also show that many of China’s local officials lack the competency to run the Chinese society,’ he concluded.
Professor Li Lanjuan, a member of the Senior Expert Group of the National Health Commission of China, warned this week that pet owners need to take special care of their animals as the virus spreads to mammals.
Professor Li, who is also an academician at the Chinese Academy of Technology, told state-run broadcaster CCTV Wednesday: “During this epidemic season, pet owners should strengthen pet control.” Pets should not be outdoors or allowed.
If your dog runs outside and comes in contact with an outbreak or virus-infected people, your pet should also be quarantined.
“Because the epidemic is spreading among mammals, we, therefore, need to take precautions against pets.”
Such comments led pet owners to abandon their animal pairs, and some suggested that dogs and cats be killed.
These reports are still unverified and, according to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that cats and dogs can spread the coronavirus.
Scientists have said that coronavirus sweeping across the world may have come from bats.
Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the People’s Liberation Army and Institut Pasteur of Shanghai came to the conclusion.
The Wuhan coronavirus’ natural host could be bats… but between bats and humans, there may be an unknown intermediate.
The coronavirus has now infected every region of China. Chinese officials have now confirmed more than 9,750 cases, while more than 100 have been recorded outside of nation – taking the toll to more than 9,900.
Deaths have also risen to 213, with 43 patients dying in one day – the biggest 24-hour jump since the outbreak began last month.
Two people in England were diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus today, making the UK the 23rd country or territory outside of China to have caught the virus.
After the World Health Organisation last night declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a global health emergency, it has also emerged:
- The first two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK;
- After two days of uncertainty, a 747 rescue plane carrying mainly British citizens took from the city of Wuhan last night, touching down at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire at around 1 pm;
- It left China carrying 83 Britons – but had been expected to be carrying 150;
- Several people with seats reveal they have been stranded after being given between seven minutes and two hours to get to the airport in the city with public transport shut down;
Credits for: DailyMail