Domestic cats and dogs may have to be vaccinated in the future against Covid-19 to protect people

This is a quick note but one worth making nonetheless. I think I can predict that in the long term, perhaps in about 18 months to 2 years time, governments in various countries, perhaps predominantly in the West, will be thinking about vaccinating companion animals as a second phase protective measure against Covid-19.  This is because there is a concern amongst some scientists that animals may create a reservoir for mutant variants of the Covid-19 virus. As the virus is zoonotic it can theoretically and actually be transmitted from animals to people and this must apply also to companion animals. Danish mink farmer with white mink due to be euthanised. Photo per credit Perhaps because of the general panicked nature of governmental responses to the coronavirus pandemic, not enough work has been done on this aspect of the spread of the disease. In addition nobody wants to alarm anybody which may lead to companion animal abuse. In fact, in China, at the outset of the pandemic, there were

African golden cat population

We don't have a number. The best source of information for the African golden cat population must be the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ because it is the primarily objective of the Red List™ staff to assess species populations and decide if it is declining and if so, why?

What then does the Red List say about the African golden cat population? Precisely nothing in respect of numbers. They say the population is declining. And the assessment comes from skins! There is no camera trapping assessments. No assessments of scats it seems. Just guesses.

I am not blaming anyone. It just goes to show how little we know or care about this rare wild cat species. There is nothing else to say really.


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