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Noted in Passing: “First they came for the hamsters…”

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  • billrla January 19, 2022, 9:56 AM

    The international gerbil community stands in solidarity with China’s hamsters.

  • Richard January 19, 2022, 9:59 AM

    But wait, there’s more!
    My cat gives every appearance of trusting me implicitly to not injure him in any way. Subjecting him to this would be a betrayal of that trust. Not to mention abuse.
    These people are seriously broken. I cannot imagine that most can be deprogrammed at this point.
    Especially when the Master of Panic continues to massage the scam for all he can get from it.
    Even the Spanish flu went away after two years.

    • PA Cat January 19, 2022, 11:42 AM

      About cats trusting their humans– I hear ya, I have two of them myself. I decided to check the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) website to see whether U.S. vets have caught the Aussie Hysteria; all that AVMA has to say, fortunately, is that vets should encourage humans to get vaxxed– but not one word about culling or vaxxing pets.

      The CDC does have a web section about COVID and pets. That doesn’t surprise me as the National Library of Medicine database has been listing papers published in medical journals about COVID in household pets since the summer of 2021. It looks as if COVID is a reverse zoonosis. A standard zoonosis is a disease that animals can transmit to humans (rabies, Lyme disease, bubonic plague, you name it), while a reverse zoonosis is a disease that humans can transmit to animals– examples include ringworm, tapeworm infestation, influenza A, tuberculosis, and methicillin-resistant S. aureus.
      In any case, the CDC considers the risk that a pet cat or dog (or hamster) will transmit the Chinese crud to humans is low, and even if a pet shows symptoms of it, Fluffy or Fido is very unlikely to become seriously ill. The CDC actually has some commonsense advice about COVID and pets: 1) don’t cuddle or sleep with your pets if you yourself have The Bug That Must Not Be Named; 2) don’t put masks on your pets or wipe them with hand sanitizer or other disinfectants; 3) if your cat or dog does develop symptoms, call your vet, who will usually just recommend isolating the pet. As for teh kittehs in particular: “Cats should be kept inside. Do not allow cats that have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 to roam outside.”

      Anyway, I don’t see the CDC as signing on (at least not yet) to developing an Aussie-style jab for pets. And I’m with you about not doing anything to violate my cats’ trust; I’ll send Fauci a cat poop sandwich before I’ll risk giving my cats an experimental COVID kitty vaccine.

    • Mike Austin January 19, 2022, 12:08 PM

      Each time I think that Australians have reached the bottom, they come up with something like this. There really is no end to such idiocy, such slavishness.

  • Rev.Bro. Generik Broderick January 19, 2022, 10:16 AM

    You assume these were being raised as pets? That’s a LOT of pets.

    But to consider each to have a few grams of meat, it would take a few per serving.

    Not kidding. This is China.

  • rocdoctom January 19, 2022, 11:29 AM

    In Peru, guinea pig is a traditional food served with potato and vegetable. Accompanied by a pisco sour or two as well.

    • Mike Austin January 19, 2022, 12:12 PM

      Yep, and the guinea pig and hamster are related:

      “Guinea pigs and hamsters are distant cousins, deriving from the order Rodentia. Guinea pigs are members of the Caviidae family while hamsters are members of the Cricetidae family.”

      Those 2000 hamsters would be equal to about 500 guinea pigs as far as eating them goes. I have eaten guinea pig—called “cuy” in Peru because of the sound it gives off as its throat is cut—many times. They taste ok, but they are so bony it is hardly worth the effort.

      • ghostsniper January 19, 2022, 6:32 PM

        That’s always been my take on chicken wings too, too many bones and too much bother for so little return. My father in law was a butcher back in the 50’s and 60’s and he said they used to throw out the chicken wings cause nobody would buy them. I never heard of people eating them til about 1980 from a couple doods I knew from Buffalo. When they told me about them I thought they were joking. I ate em once, back in the early 90’s and never again. I like meat in slabs.

        • Mike Austin January 20, 2022, 2:37 AM

          Same here. I never got the whole “Buffalo Wild Wings” thing. Give me a breast of chicken over some skinny wing any time.

  • Arty January 19, 2022, 11:39 AM

    Covid-infected gerbils are considered a delicacy in China. That’s why lineup is so long and the police had to be called.

  • Henry Cybulski January 20, 2022, 4:53 AM

    If pets were contracting Covid and suffering or dying from it there would have been a gazillion sob stories about it published by now.

    • Richard January 20, 2022, 8:43 AM

      This statement has been fact-checked and established to be true.