(VIETNAM) #Coronavirus Report: 12-dogs have been killed by authorities over fears of #COVID19 could be spread #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.15: My wife and I cried so much that we couldn’t sleep,” Pham Minh Hung, a 49-year-old bricklayer told the BBC: I didn’t want to believe that really happened… I couldn’t do anything to protect my kids,” he said, referring to his dogs: Their story, documented on social media app TikTok, has sparked huge backlash in Vietnam, and a petition calling for an end to the practice has gathered more than 150,000 signatures.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says according to BBC News (Vietnam) After owners are heartbroken after 12 dogs killed after they tested positive for #COVID19 From their hospital beds, they found out 12 of their pets had been killed by authorities over fears the animals could spread the virus.

By Bui Thu
BBC News Vietnamese

The couple on their motorbike
Videos of the trip with dogs and belongings all piled on went viral on the TikTok social media app

Winning hearts

The latest wave of Covid-19 has been the worst to hit Vietnam since the start of the pandemic. 

A harsh lockdown in recent months has meant many migrant workers have been unable to make a living, prompting at least a million to flee big cities.

Pham Minh Hung and Nguyen Thi Chi Em, 35, were among them.

On 8 October they embarked on an 280km (173 mile) journey along with their dogs and three relatives, who also brought three dogs and one cat.

The couple headed for Khanh Hung in Ca Mau province, the hometown of a relative, as Covid cases are not as high there. 

Pham Minh HungMany online were touched by the couple’s love for their dogs

Many witnesses posted videos about the couple’s journey online, showing them on their motorbike with their dogs and belongings all piled on. The couple became popular with many social media users who cheered them on and wished them a safe journey. 

Some said their hearts melted a little when the couple used raincoats to cover their dogs in the pouring rain. A few even delivered water and food to them.

The couple started out with 15 dogs, but as their trip went on, they gave two dogs to a volunteer after entering Ca Mau province, while another died. The rest continued on.

But the couple and their three relatives tested positive for Covid after reaching Khanh Hung. It is mandatory for anyone travelling across provinces to undergo testing. They were transferred to a hospital for treatment – the animals were left at a quarantine centre.

But local authorities killed their 12 dogs and their relatives’ pets without informing them, state media said. The article was later removed.

It’s unclear how the animals were killed. The official police newspaper carried an image indicating they were burned.

“Disease control must be prioritised in the first place and the decision to kill the animals immediately was a necessary preventive measure,” local official Tran Tan Cong said during a press conference on Sunday.

‘Barbaric act’

There was swift reaction online with many calling the decision “cruel” and “heart-breaking”. 

Actress Hong Anh, a member of global animal welfare organisation Four Paws, called it “barbaric” and said she would send a petition to the organisation.

UGCThe couple are still recovering in hospital

The killings were “unethical” and “ridiculous” because there are no guidelines dictating pets must be killed if owners are infected, said Nguyen Hong Vu, a staff scientist of the City of Hope National Medical Centre in the US.

“There is no scientific evidence dogs and cats can be an intermediary for the transmission of Covid to humans. However, people with Covid can sometimes infect them,” Dr Nguyen said.

The animals were asymptomatic, or only displayed mild symptoms. They all rapidly recovered.

“There are multiple ways to make it right in this situation, such as quarantining them in a cage; contacting the owners’ relatives or engaging a social organisation to take care of them until the owners recover,” Dr Nguyen said.

‘War-like mentality’

Vietnam was lauded as a virus success at the start of the pandemic winning praise from the World Health Organization (WHO) with its quick response and widespread contact-tracing. But the Delta variant has brought the country to its knees.

It has reported 840,000 cases and more than 20,000 deaths in total. The majority of cases were detected during the latest wave.

Vietnam has been heavy-handed in its virus control effort – even though Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said last month there should be a plan to “live with the virus”.

Many people have been charged and convicted for spreading the virus, with some jailed for five years.

Last month, a video showing several police officers breaking into a flat in the southern Binh Duong Province went viral. They dragged out a woman thought to have been exposed to Covid to do a test as her young son cried. It led to massive public backlash.

The authorities’ decision to cull the pets was not surprising, observer Le Anh said.

“The Vietnamese government has been putting the highest priority on the fight against the coronavirus. There is this slogan ‘Fighting this pandemic is like fighting the enemy’. It means the country is at war. You cannot expect rational and humane behaviour during a war.”

The hardest thing for Mr Pham was that he found out his beloved animals had been killed from others.

He is determined to hold authorities accountable. 

“I raised my kids for about six years, I definitely want justice for my kids,” he said from the hospital.

Additional reporting by Tran Vo.

Ace Additional News: A study in Texas surveyed 76 dogs and cats from 39 households with Covid patients, and found three cats and one dog were infected.

#AceHealthDesk report …………..Published: Oct.15: 2021:

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(LONDON) St Albans Magistrates Court Report: A man has received a suspended prison sentence and banned from owning animals for life after pleading guilty to several animal cruelty and animal welfare offences #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.13: Investigations were launched by the police after a pig was found to have been killed by a dog – the second such attack in the area. Police investigating the scene found a clean black designer wallet which had been recently dropped in a muddy field. Saleem was identified through items in the wallet by police and bailed pending investigation…..

#AceDailyNews reports that a man has been sentenced for string of animal cruelty offences: Humza Saleem, aged 23, was sentenced at St Albans Magistrates Court to 23 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for two years……

11 October 2021

During the subsequent investigation Saleem’s mobile was examined which revealed thousands of disturbing images and videos, depicting animal fights, foxes and pigs being killed by dogs and dogs of a banned breed being trained on a treadmill.

Hertfordshire Police reported the case to the CPS who then authorised Saleem to be charged with a number of animal cruelty offences. Saleem originally pleaded not guilty but changed his plea at an appearance at St. Albans Magistrates’ Court on Friday 3 September.

Ashley Petchey of the CPS said: “This case demonstrates the lengths to which offenders will go to regardless of the risks to themselves, their animals and others in the wider community.

“The CPS worked closely with the police to build a strong case against Humza Saleem and we would like to thank Hertfordshire Police for their diligence and hard work during the investigation.

“Animals can be much loved members of our homes and communities, and we will continue to collaborate with the police to bring offenders of these disturbing crimes to justice.”

Additional Notes:

  • Ashley Petchey is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS East of England.
  • Humza Saleem (D.O.B: (10/12, 1997) committed the crimes in Hertfordshire and Hounslow, London.
  • Saleem was sentenced to 23 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 24 months for two counts of causing an animal fight to take place, two counts of cause unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, criminal damage, four counts of keeping/training an animal for use in connection with an animal fight and possessing or having custody of a prohibited Pitbull type dog
  • Saleem was sentenced to a ban on owning animals for life and a destruction order was issued for the dog owned by Saleem
  • Saleem was also ordered to pay £1584 in kenneling costs to Hertfordshire Police and £128 to the owner of the pig killed by Saleem’s dog. He was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs
  • The CPS has a network of specialist wildlife prosecutors including a national wildlife crime lead prosecutor.
  • The review of the evidence was carried out in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………..Published: Oct.13: 2021:

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(LONDON) GOVUK REPORT: Welfare standards for dogs imported to the UK are to be tightened amid a rise in the “grim trade” of puppy smuggling, the government has said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.21: They were just a fraction of the 66,000 dogs imported into the UK in 2020 but the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said poor treatment and smuggling was on the increase…..

#AceDailyNews says puppy smuggling on the rise in cases prompts new welfare rules from U.K. government …Plans include raising the minimum age for imported puppies from 15 weeks to 6 months and banning the importing of dogs with cropped ears or docked tails.

Tara, a puppy cared for by the Dogs Trust
Tara was less than five weeks old and sick with a potentially deadly virus when she was smuggled into Dover

Bringing heavily pregnant dogs into the UK would also be banned.

The number of puppies seized at the border jumped from 324 in 2019 to 843 last year.

In one case, four beagle puppies were found – hungry, dehydrated and just eight weeks old – in the back of an abandoned vehicle in London. 

They were believed to have been illegally imported from the Republic of Ireland.

Six puppies, too young to be imported, were seized at the port of Dover after being smuggled from Romania. Covered in sticky oil and suffering from diarrhoea, they had been travelling in a van for 24 hours.

By raising the minimum age for importing puppies, the government hopes to prevent them from being separated from their mothers too early, which can increase their risk of illness and death.

The rise in puppy smuggling comes amid a surge in demand for puppies during the last 18 months of coronavirus lockdowns, with prices in some areas more than doubling to an average of almost £1,900 each

Chewie, a one-year-old Yorkshire terrier cross, was one of 11 puppies rescued by police from the back of a van in Nottinghamshire in March. The puppies are thought to have been imported from Ireland to be sold in the UK and were found in a carrier bag and a guinea pig cage.

Sadly five or six of the puppies died from illness, but Chewie escaped without any long-term issues, says owner Elizabeth Morgan, who rehomed him from the RSPCA.”He’s doing really well…[but] he doesn’t like carrier bags or cardboard boxes,” Elizabeth told BBC Breakfast.Dogs TrustThis puppy in the care of the Dogs Trust was found covered in oilAnimal Welfare Minister Lord Goldsmith said: “

“Puppy smuggling is a grim trade, and we are determined to clamp down on it.”Raising the minimum import age for puppies will help protect thousands of animals that are brought into the country each year and stop criminals looking to profit from the rise in demand for pets.” Animal welfare charities say cropped ears – when dogs have their outer ears surgically altered or removed to make them look more aggressive – have also been on the rise, despite being banned in the UK since 2006.

Dogs TrustThere has been a huge increase in commercial imports of puppies to the UK, according to the RSPCAThe RSPCA has said reports of ear cropping have risen more than sevenfold over the past five years.Most are thought to have undergone the painful procedure abroad and under the proposed new rules – which the government said would be put out for consultation – dogs with cropped ears would be prevented from entering the country, Defra said.Owen Sharp, chief executive of Dogs Trust, which has campaigned for a crackdown on puppy smuggling, said the charity had cared for more than 2,000 puppies seized at UK borders since 2015.”We have seen puppies as young as four weeks old being smuggled into the country and dogs with open wounds from ear cropping as well as heavily pregnant dogs close to giving birth,” he said.

Dogs Trust: Springer spaniel Befa was transported in a cat carrier crammed with puppies for thousands of miles from SlovakiaBut he said he hoped the new rules would include tougher penalties for illegal imports of dogs. Only a handful of cases had ever been prosecuted under existing laws and the penalties were “no deterrent”, Mr Sharp said.Vet, broadcaster and animal welfare campaigner Dr Marc Abraham said legal and illegal importation of young puppies had encouraged dog exploitation and poor welfare practices for years.He said the new proposals represented “significant progress in the fight against these cruel practices”.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.21: 2021;

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#USDA : " Beef Bars from Diseased and Unsound Animals is recalled by `Rancho Feeding Corporation' of Petaluma"

#AceFoodNews says Rancho Feeding Corp of Petaluma, a California-based company, is recalling 3,950 tons of beef bars because it used “diseased and unsound animals”, the USDA said.

The beef, which also lacked proper federal inspections, was produced between January 1 and January 7 and is unfit for human consumption.

The meat was shipped to California, Florida, Illinois and Texas, the department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement.

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#AceWorldNews says the majority of the animals housed…

#AceWorldNews says the majority of the animals housed in Komsomolsk-on-Amur’s zoo have suffocated to death in a fire, local news agency Portamur.ru reports. Around 240 animals, of 115 different species, were kept at the city’s Python Zoo. Investigators believe the blaze could have been caused by a malfunction with the building’s central heating system.

#animals, #blaze, #central-heating-system, #fire, #portamur-ru, #species, #zoo