After an owner in Patancheru abandoned their pet, PFA Hyderabad president Vasanthi Vadi said that these kinds of acts should not be encouraged and the care for animals should be continued. A report from some media had said that Coronavirus can be transmitted to humans from animals as well, and replying to that, the PFA Hyderabad president said that such baseless reports led to people abandoning their pets.
“Companion animals cannot transmit COVID-19 disease. Current science demonstrates it is perfectly safe to be around them and to care for them as we always do,” she said in a note circulated here on Friday.
Quoting several organizations including the World Organisation for Animal Health, World Veterinary Association, Indian Veterinary Association and the Animal Welfare Board of India were quoted while saying that the disease does not get transmitted from animals. “We see that some media platforms are showing or writing contrary messages bordering on fake news. This is impacting the lives of innocent humans and their pets adversely,” she added, calling for a stop to such reports.
Since there are concerns around it, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has been permitted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct tests on them. Dr. BN Tripathi, Deputy Director-General of ICAR’s Animal Science division, said: “Three institutes of ICAR have been identified for conducting COVID testing on human samples. Since we are also getting requests from the Wildlife Authority of India and the Ministry of Environment, we are going to test wildlife samples too.”