Following fears of coronavirus, Chinese citizens are now disposing of dogs and cats. Photos show corpses of the animals lining the streets. Animal activists are breaking into homes to save pets, according to Reuters.
Pet owners seem to be panicking after misinformation spread about the coronavirus and cats and dogs. Many villages mistakenly shared information saying the virus could be spread through animals. The World Health Organization denied the connection between pets and the disease, explaining that dogs and cats would not spread the virus.
But some citizens don’t seem to have received that important information. Multiple pictures posted on Twitter show the sad photos. Concerned animal lovers posted on Twitter, according to the Hindustan Times. One user wrote, “This is so disgusting and horrific!!!! That would be the day I’d give my pet up or kill my pet! Now it’s all a rumour? The animals are not carrying the disease! Just keep everyone in that country calm, don’t kill the pets!!!!”
Many animals have also been trapped in homes as their owners are prevented from traveling back home due to the virus. A Wuhan citizen named Lao Mao has been working to rescue animals, he estimates that 50,000 pets are left alone after their owners have left the city. He told Reuters, ” The volunteers on our team, me included, have saved more than 1,000 pets since Jan. 25.” Owners have been reaching out on social media for help.
Activists calling for people not to leave their pets in wake of the virus:
— S Faisal (@SFMTW) January 31, 2020
See the photos on Twitter, below:
So Chinese pet owners are killing their cats and dogs by throwing them out of the window, in fear of their pets spreading the coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/xiJ6jgXuk1
— Augustus Prometheus 🧢 (@1984to1776) January 30, 2020
— Vegz Barbacena (@Vegz05) February 1, 2020
- How Coronavirus and the Wildlife Trade are Linked
- Chinese Citizens Being Ordered to Dispose Pets Despite Any Connection with Coronavirus Outbreak
- China Acts on Coronavirus and Temporarily Bans Wildlife Trade
For more Animal, Earth, Life, Vegan Food, Health, and Recipe content published daily, subscribe to the One Green Planet Newsletter! Also, don’t forget to download the Food Monster App on iTunes — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy!
Lastly, being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!