Country in which pets of COVID-19 patients are killed without their consent

This month, a resident of Chengdu, southwest China, claimed on the social media platform Xiaohongshu that her cats were killed after she was moved from her quarantined home. Just two months earlier, a woman in Harbin, northeast China, told Weibo that her three cats had been killed by community workers after testing positive for the virus.

But community workers responded by telling local media that there was no treatment available for the animals and that euthanasia was the only option. “If the animal is tested positive, then they can’t move back … the outbreak will never end.”, said the worker.

China is still pursuing a “zero-COVID-19” strategy. Whenever regional outbreaks occur, local governments use massive testing, contact detection, and sometimes partial shutdowns to try to limit the spread, according to local press.

Although the population has generally been tolerant of this strategy so far, complaints are growing. People are increasingly saying that they are tired of epidemics and that the harsh and unique treatment of local government and community workers to limit the virus, including the mistreatment of pets, is excessive.

As a pet owner, Li was outraged by these incidents. “There is no medical evidence or legal support for killing these pets, it is extremely inhumane. “, she said.

At present, pet owners are taking matters into their own hands through online petitions and calling on local governments for more humane and better-defined policies.

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