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.