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

Biased Cruel Research Scientist

Some research scientists studying the predation of cats on birds in the USA are biased. This particular scientist, Nico Dauphine, 38, is both biased against cats and a convicted criminal. She tried to poison cats with rat poison whilst doing her research.

She worked for the respected Smithsonian's Migratory Bird Center researching the impact that cats have on birds. She appears to have made some startlingly biased claims, one of which was that the feral and domestic cat kills 1 billion birds every year in the United States. We don't know how many. We do know that cats are predators and their prey includes birds but they prefer hunting ground dwelling mammals.

Cat eating a bird - how often does this happen?
We don't know - Photo by doviende

I feel vindicated in my mission to publish articles that argue against scientists whose task it is to have feral cats slaughtered in even greater numbers than is the case at present.

There is a battle going on between so called bird conservationists and cat lovers. It is wider than that. Biased bird conservationists who hate cats are doing battle with people who like to see all animals treated properly and with respect and that includes the maligned feral cat.

Associated articles: Cats do not decimate bird populations and how feral cats affect wildlife.


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