According to the Dailymail communities around China are being ordered to “stop keeping pets or risk getting them culled”. There is a fear that the animals may be able to become infected with the rapidly spreading coronavirus that has so far killed a reported 213 people although this author does not believe the Chinese government’s low numbers at all.
Authorities overseeing villages, apartment blocks and companies from provinces all over China have joined forces with municipalities to issue strict orders to residents about their pets in an attempt to quell the epidemic that is quickly spiraling towards a pandemic.
A village in Hubei province has told all residents to “deal with” their companion animals within a five day period or officials would be “handling” them. The language used is meant to be both indirect yet obvious in the intentions and outcomes they expect for these pets.
In Shaanxi province, people have been instructed to “consider the overall situation” by discarding their dogs and cats according to notices that were supplied to MailOnline.
This all comes on the heels of fear that started with Dr. Li Lanjuan saying on Chinese State Tv:
“If pets come into contact with suspected patients, they should be quarantined.”
A local media outlet in China picked up the story twisting her words into:
“Cats and dogs can spread the coronavirus”
The false statement spread at lighting speed after Zhibo China posted the fabricated quote on the popular Chinese social media platform Weibo (Chines twitter basically).
China Global Television Network attempted to put an end to the made-up claims by posting this quote from the World Health Organization (WHO):
“There is no evidence showing that pets such as cats and dogs can contract the novel coronavirus, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.”
But it was already too late and entire provinces have taken to murdering companion animals to stop the spread of the virus despite there being zero evidence cats or dogs can spread the new disease.
Initially when the panic first started many Chinese residents in the large towering apartment blocks throughout China began actually throwing their dogs and cats from their windows. The poor innocent companion animals plummeted to their deaths smashing into the concrete and tarmac below creating a horror scene outside of many apartment blocks.
In Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus has been suspected of being ground zero for on neighborhood has banned people from allowing their dogs, cats and even “livestock” animals from leaving their homes from the fear of infection spreading.
A flyer posted around the city of Wuhan says that local officials will catch, kill and bury any animals found outside of any resident’s homes.
The fear over animals spreading the virus isn’t isolated to any one area though as many similar orders have shown up across many if not all of China’s provinces and communities including Tianjin, Beijing, Shandong, Hebie, Heilongjiang, Shanghai, and Shanxi according to The Humane Society International who is keeping close tabs on the unfolding situation.
The city of Anshan in Liaoning Province instructed all pet markets to stop trading temporarily and its police forces to ‘strictly restrict’ residents from walking their pet dogs in public in an urgent notice released this week.
It also banned the locals from flying their pigeons and demanded all stray wild pigeons be culled as the outbreak accelerated.
China Policy Specialist of Humane Society International Dr. Peter J. Li said that they had witnessed memos issued by many local Chinese authorities that ordered the banning and even killing of cats and dogs that were seen as strays.
“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 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.
It should be noted that these cases of killing companion animals appear to be isolated to a few Chinese and not the larger majority. An online vendor based out of Beijing even said that they were selling 10 times the usual number of special face masks for dogs each and every day than compared to before the outbreak.
It’s clear that the majority of Chinese people care deeply for their furry family members and seeing so many stories making it sound like they are arbitrarily killing their dogs and cats borders on racism and xenophobia.
The coronavirus has successfully infected every single province of China and is spreading around the world reaching scary pandemic type levels. As this disease continues to rise and we continue to track it the fear may grow stronger in the western world too.
This could all have been prevented if the world were vegan.