Chennai: A cat suspected to be infected with coronavirus is at the center of a controversy as PETA India has demanded the release of the cat which faces deportation from the Chennai port to China, where cats are killed for meat and fur.
People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s manager of veterinary services, Rashmi Gokhale, dispatched a letter to the Chennai Port Authority explaining that the coronavirus did not spread from the pets like cats and dogs. One cannot contract the COVID-19 from a cat, and neither there was scientific evidence that animals transmitted the disease to humans, as per the media reports.
From the scientifically proven statement, The American Veterinary Medical Association states on its website, “Multiple international health organizations have indicated that pets and other domestic animals are not considered at risk for contracting COVID-19.”
The Chennai quarantine facility recommended sending the cat back to its suspected country of origin. While, the PETA India has offered to help the relevant authorities by finding the cat a loving, permanent home in India, which can be done as soon as the necessary quarantine health assessments and vaccinations have been completed.
PETA had their own investigation and got to the conclusion that it would be very difficult to establish where the cat embarked on the vessel. It said that it is highly unlikely that the animal would have survived the 10 to 20-day journey from China to India without food and water, they said.
Further on, they added that “The Ships destined for Chennai from China reportedly dock in Singapore, Colombo, and elsewhere, and containers are opened to offload goods, so the cat could have entered the ship at any of its stopping points. In China, cats are often killed for meat or fur, and it’s likely that the animal would be treated cruelly upon arrival, PETA concluded.
PETA India has offered to help the relevant authorities by finding the cat a loving, permanent home in India, which can be done as soon as the necessary quarantine health assessments and vaccinations have been completed.
The first case was reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan, now it has been spread throughout the world. More than 3,000 people have died globally from COVID-19(Or the so called, Coronavirus), as the illness is officially known, while more than 92,000 infections have been confirmed in dozens of countries, according to the World Health Organization. This has caused the whole world to fear the unknown virus, as to how to stop its widespread killing spree. From different country people to now even the animals, have been reportedly quarantined in order to protect the people not affected by a coronavirus.