The Great Hong Kong Hamster Massacre

Residents resist ‘zero covid’ city’s pet purge project–“First they came for the hamsters…

Washington Post–When they came for the hamsters, it proved to be the last straw for long-suffering residents of Hong Kong.

The city has endured, and largely complied with, extreme and often baffling pandemic rules. Schools and gyms are closed, and restaurants must shut at 6 p.m. Air travel with most major hubs has been severed. Playgrounds are sealed off with tape.

But when the government announced a cull of 2,000 pet hamsters, a line was crossed. The rodents could carry the coronavirus, officials said, and transmit it to humans.

“Alas poor Yorick. I knew him, Bingwen.”

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