Animals in Wuhan have died after their owners were forced to evacuate. Wendy Higgins, director of international media at Humane Society International, told CNN, “We know that many dogs and cats have been left behind in apartments in Wuhan, in particular, when residents were evacuated, but also in other areas such as Beijing, Dalian, Xi’an. Estimates are impossible, but we do know that in Wuhan, for example, animal activists have assisted with animals in upwards of 1,000 apartments. So, the numbers nationwide will be significant.”
Many animals are at risk of or have faced starvation. Multiple reports from China say that pet owners concerned that their animals can contract or spread coronavirus have abandoned their pets. Animal rights groups are working to prevent the false notion that animals can spread coronavirus.
According to Higgins, ” We are aware of the possibility we could see acts of cruelty or unintentional suffering inflicted on animals. We are appealing for calm and asking pet owners not to overreact.”
We can all work together to stop disinformation over pets and the spread of the virus. Contact your local shelter and humane society to see how you can help. Read our post on pets and coronavirus to learn more.
Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.
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Catch up on our coronavirus coverage in One Green Planet, check out these articles:
- How Coronavirus and the Wildlife Trade are Linked
- Coronavirus Update: How Emerging Diseases are Linked to Factory Farms
- Coronavirus Update: Death Toll Surpasses SARS
- Coronavirus Update: Quarantined Patients Given Turtles for Dinner In Spite of Virus Being Linked to Wild Animal Trade!
- Coronavirus Update: Pangolins Blamed for Spreading Virus
- Chinese Citizens Being Ordered to Dispose of Pets Despite Any Connection with Coronavirus Outbreak
- Coronavirus Update: Your Pets are Not in Danger
- China Acts on Coronavirus and Temporarily Bans Wildlife Trade
- Coronavirus Update: Chinese Citizens Begin Disposing of Pets, Footage of Corpses Lining Street
- Coronavirus Update: Indonesians Called to Stop Eating Bats and Animal Activists Saving Pets in China
- Coronavirus Update: World Global Emissions Have Dropped
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