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The conditions in Shanghai, which were first reported last week at American Wire, appear to be growing worse, with accusations — some of then backed by video evidence — now emerging that pet animals are being killed out of the fear they may spread COVID.
The South China Morning Post points, for instance, to a corgi who was recorded being pummeled to death with a spade by a residential building guard.
“The corgi’s owners had tested positive for Covid-19 and were being transferred to a quarantine centre. The family was torn between letting the dog go outside in the hopes that it would survive or keeping it inside where it could starve if the family was stuck out of the home for too long,” according to the Hong Kong-based outlet.
“The family decided to let the dog outside before they were quarantined. The video, which has gone viral in China, showed the corgi chasing the van for a short distance as it left. Once the van had driven away, the worker, identified as a gate guard for the complex, hit the dog three times with a spade, killing it.”
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A Shanghai neighborhood committee’s covid-19 prevention guard in hazmat suits use shovel bloodily killed an underage corgi puppy cause its owner was diagnosed Covid-19.The video is very cruel.And I want to know if this happens to you,what will you do?#Shanghai #Covid #Omicron pic.twitter.com/DSyrw0MNaQ
— nobody (@Xhin0830) April 6, 2022
After the footage went viral and triggered backlash, a “local official in charge of the community’s affairs told news portal people.com.cn that they killed the dog because they thought the animal posed a risk of spreading the disease,” according to SCMP.
“We did not fully consider the issue, and we have told the dog’s owner that we will discuss compensation with him later,” the official reportedly said.
Footage of other pets being mistreated or killed has also emerged, though the stories behind them remain unknown for the time being.
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So an official notice from the government to cull pets, is not government policy? How about the pets being slaughtered in Shanghai by the government workers? Are you saying the US SPCA goes into people’s homes and beats their dogs to death?? WTF is wrong with your logic? pic.twitter.com/AEv0c2H3on
— Winston Sterzel (@serpentza) April 6, 2022
Communist Party Kills All Pet Dogs in Shanghai
— 少俠 (@shaoxia33139500) April 9, 2022
Welcome to Shanghai. They’re killing the cats and dogs of anyone with COVID. It’s for your health, you see. pic.twitter.com/2erM5HQsjr
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 10, 2022
#shanghai abondoned pets, owners in forced quarantine centers pic.twitter.com/bRNEz2thSv
— Le kebabier (@Lekebabier_) April 9, 2022
Reportedly in Shanghai. Part of their recent authoritarian Covid response. pic.twitter.com/2OjQeihBWN
— Mythinformed MKE (@MythinformedMKE) April 10, 2022
All this footage comes amid what has been an intense, weeks-long lockdown for exasperated Shanghai residents. As previously reported, the lockdown has been so draconian that some Shanghai residents have begun protesting, which is a rare sight to witness in a communist nation.
The lockdown is the result of a recent drastic uptick in cases. Over 13,000 cases were reported in Shanghai last Monday. In contrast, just a tad over 23,000 cases were reported in the entire United States that same day. On Tuesday, the case-rate rose to 19,982 cases in Shanghai, according to SCMP.
That being said, the majority of the city is vaccinated, and the majority of cases have been asymptomatic, not that this has made any difference in the eyes of Shanghai authorities.
Note that the lockdown in Shanghai bears little resemblance to the lockdowns experienced here in the states. Whereas locked-down U.S. citizens were allowed to go outside to exercise and walk their pets, for example, in Shanghai residents must make do without.
Shanghai Bars All From Leaving Homes, Even Walking Pets As Cases Jump#COVID19 #shanghai #China #chinalockdown #coronavirus
— Rajesh Agarwal Jindal (@jindalrajesh) March 29, 2022
This how people take their pets out for walk when they are locked in shanghai pic.twitter.com/5ljDgAgyI4
— bora (@danieloneal88) April 8, 2022
Following the blockages, people are trying to find ways to get their pets out to defecate.
— #BE FREE ROMANIA (@nitulaurentiuxl) April 6, 2022
Shanghai residents reportedly aren’t even allowed to leave home to purchase groceries.
Meanwhile, those residents who test positive for COVID must contend with being dragged off to quarantine camps as their pets are dealt with one way or another.
SCMP notes that pet-killing isn’t restricted to just the streets of Shanghai. Such killings have in fact occurred throughout all of China on “multiple occasions during the pandemic.”
“In November of last year, officials in eastern China’s Jiangxi province beat a pet dog to death with an iron rod in its owner’s home after the owner was taken away for quarantine. The officials had promised the owner that they would not slaughter the pet,” the outlet notes.
“At the end of last month, a district in Hebei in north China issued a circular to kill the pet animals whose owners test positive for Covid-19, which received significant blowback and was reversed.”
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