BBC News. (2003, April 30). Animals suffer in the war on Sars. [Online]. Available: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/world/asia-pacific/2989479.stm [2003, April 30].
SARS; China; pets; diseases; trade; markets
Asia's Sars epidemic has been claiming non-human victims, as the Chinese authorities target domestic pets suspected of spreading the disease.
In Beijing, dogs and cats belonging to Sars patients are being rounded up and killed, officials said on Wednesday.
However other animals may be benefiting from the war on Sars, as China cracks down on the trade in endangered species.
Although veterinary experts have said there is no evidence Sars can be transmitted to humans from household animals, the authorities are taking no chances.
"Pets can spread diseases. People can take measures to prevent diseases being spread, but not pets," a Beijing police official told the French news agency AFP.
"If a family has Sars and they have pets, we will catch and kill the pets regardless of whether they show Sars symptoms."
Chinese citizens are required by law to pay a special tax if they want to own a pet, but in the past this law has been frequently ignored....