Hong Kong authorities descend on pet shops to cull hamsters

Hong Kong authorities descend on pet shops to cull hamsters

19/1/2022 2:05:00 PM

Hong Kong authorities descend on pet shops to cull hamsters

Some owners have also started giving up their hamsters to be culled.

Owners show up to sacrifice pet hamstersThose who bought hamsters after Dec. 22, 2021 were also asked to turn their pets in for authorities to cull.However, the director of AFCD Leung Siu-fai said that this was an"administrative decision", and failing to comply will not result in legal consequences.

According to SCMP, he also urged pet owners to"observe strict hygiene" when handling their pets and cages, and to avoid kissing them or abandoning them on the streets.Following the directive, hamster owners in Hong Kong have started showing up at government facilities to sacrifice their pet hamsters, reported

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. Owners show up to sacrifice pet hamsters Those who bought hamsters after Dec. 22, 2021 were also asked to turn their pets in for authorities to cull. However, the director of AFCD Leung Siu-fai said that this was an"administrative decision", and failing to comply will not result in legal consequences. According to SCMP, he also urged pet owners to"observe strict hygiene" when handling their pets and cages, and to avoid kissing them or abandoning them on the streets. Following the directive, hamster owners in Hong Kong have started showing up at government facilities to sacrifice their pet hamsters, reported . The owners were made to sign an agreement with the authorities after dropping their hamsters off. Signing the document waives the owners' right to ask about their animals moving forward, and to any compensation, according to SCMP. Outcry from animal welfare groups Hong Kong's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has urged authorities to reconsider the cull. It said in a Facebook post yesterday (Jan. 18) that owners should not panic or abandon their pets. Thousands of volunteers have also stepped up to adopt hamsters from those who feel unsafe to keep them at home, according to Reuters . Some were pressured by their family members into giving up their pet hamsters, out of fear of Covid-19 transmission. Scientists and Hong Kong's own health and veterinary authorities have said that there was"no evidence" of significant animal-to-human Covid-19 transmission, reported Reuters . However, since Hong Kong adopts a zero-tolerance approach to combating Covid-19, health secretary Sophia Chan said that the government could not take any chances and would not rule out any transmission possibilities. Follow and listen to our podcast here Top photos via Unsplash and @laurelchor/Twitter If you like what you read, follow us on