Weibo videos illustrate what is happening to pets in Shanghai during the shutdown. Animals are killed by Covid employees.
Shanghai’s lockdown has seen rise to a mountain of videos displaying pets being beaten to death (Weibo)
After recordings of Covid prevention workers viciously beating pets to death surfaced on social media, a Shanghai man told NationalWorld that he fears for his dog's safety.
Many individuals in China's most populous metropolis have been forced to stay inside their flats and compounds for more than five weeks as Covid cases spread across the country.
Covid employees are also killing pets in the city for fear of spreading the infection further.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on the other hand, says that the risk of pets transmitting Covid to people is limited.
What is the reason for the euthanasia of pets in Shanghai?
People in Shanghai have filmed their pets being kidnapped and battered to death.
A corgi chased a van transporting its owners after they tested positive and were being sent to a quarantine camp, according to a video that went viral in China.
The family was split between allowing the dog to go outside in the hopes that it might live, or keeping it inside and risking starvation if they were in quarantine for too long.
They opted to let the dog out, which led to a short chase with the vehicle.
After the van had driven away, a Covid prevention worker killed the dog by striking it three times with a spade.
In the end, I felt I could leave [the pet] loose outside to become a stray, at least it wouldn't starve to death, the owner posted in an online group, according to local media.
He also mentioned that the family's dog food had ran out at home.
A woman posted a video of her pet Samoyed being viciously thrashed by the workers in March 2022.
The woman, from Huizhou, made a comment about her dog's death on Weibo, a Chinese social media network, after she was placed in quarantine and was not allowed to bring her pet, Snowball, with her. Her home would be disinfected by city employees, she was told.
The footage, on the other hand, shows two workmen thrashing her pet with sticks.
Snowball is like family to me, she posted on Weibo.
Without this CCTV footage, we could still be led to believe that our pet was euthanized 'humanely.
What are pet owners' reactions to the situation?
I care more about what will happen to my dog and what will happen if I go into quarantine - and I can't find anyone to help me, Oliver*, who lives east of the Huangpu river in Shanghai, told NationalWorld exclusively.
(My dog) is nearly like a child to me, but that isn't a factor for them.
Workers test people in the horrific lockdown for Covid every day, and if their pet tests positive, they will be euthanized, but not in a compassionate way.
They will come into your apartment and clean the entire place, Oliver says, implying that hiding pets is not an option. So there's a good probability they'll discover them. My neighbors, on the other hand, are aware that I have a dog and are on the lookout for one.
There is a stigma associated with pets possessing Covid in their neighborhood, as there is concern that animals could transmit Covid-19.
An old woman approaches me and starts shouting at me, Oliver recalls a circumstance in which a woman questioned why his dog was outside. How come your dog is outside? Why are you taking your dog for a walk? Your dog has the potential to spread sickness all over the place.
All I want is for him to not be taken away.