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Coronavirus: Do we need to abandon our pets?

There is a lot of misinformation and rumours spreading in regard to Coronavirus outbreak. One of the them happens to be that ‘pets can carry the virus and transmit it to humans’. This has lead to a new phenomenon of abandoned pets

Scared for their own health and safety, many owners are taking a drastic step. While  global health care authorities such as World Health Organisation and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention state the contrary. 

When citizens were being evacuvated from Wuhan, China, many were forced to abandon their pets. This was the trigger that currently is resulting in random pet abandonment. 

There have been a few rare cases of dogs testing positive to Coronavirus, major health authorities claim there are no hard evidences supporting animal to human transfer. 

China plays hard ball on abandoning pets

China’s animal welfare organisation ‘Vshine’, stated that tens of thousands of pets were left behind, not only inside homes, but also out on the streets during mass evacuation. There were even reports of people taking the pets out and leaving them in faraway areas. 
To add fuel to fire, various local authorities instructed people to limit physical contact with their pets. The intent was to ensure hygine standards as Coronavirus attacks those who have weak immunity. Misguided fears has resulted in a cruel process of abandoning pets. 

Global appeal: Don’t abandon your pets

Health care and animal welfare authorities are clarifying people’s doubts, and asking them to get their pets proper treatment if they are sick, instead of leaving them out on the roads. PETA, one of the largest animal rights organisations in the world, has publicly appealed to pet owners, not to abandon their pets, reassuring them that they do not transmit Coronavirus. 

Won’t it be best if the owners take care of the pets? If one fears any type of infection from their pet, they can always limit cuddling time, avoid face licking, and ensure their are up to date on the shots. 
Under no circumstances is it okay to abandon pets and leave them starving on the streets!