Hong Kong is going to kill about two-thousand small animals after several hamsters tested positive for COVID-19 at a pet store where an employee had the virus.

All pet stores must stop selling hamsters and the city will also ban the import of small mammals.

U-S officials say animals do not appear to play a significant role in spreading COVID-19, but Hong Kong authorities aren’t ruling out transmission between animals and humans.

Hong Kong’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is shocked and concerned by the decision to kill the animals, and is urging the government not to take any drastic action before reviewing its approach.

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