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

Scottish Fire Service Charge £342 to Recover Cat Stuck Up a Tree

A Scottish fire service spokesman said:
"As a fire and rescue service we are regularly called to assist in animal rescue situations."
So with a revised 2004 law (Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004) which permits the fire service in Scotland to charge for their services under certain circumstances, notwithstanding it is essentially a tax payer funded public service, they decided to make some money.....Why not under the current budgetary constraints.

The amount of money mentioned in the title is for one hour's attendance at the tree where the cat is stuck! If it takes more than one hour they will charge pro rata, I suppose. No one has mentioned what happens but perhaps they will charge for every subsequent 30 mins with a call out charge of one hour or the full £342. The cost is inclusive of VAT (value added tax).

What do the fire service do where you are? I'd bet they don't charge like this. Can you imagine getting an invoice from the fire service for hundreds of pounds to recover your cat stuck up a tree?

In the long term it will inevitably lead to more cats stuck in trees for longer but they'll come down of their own accord!


Unknown said…
I'm trying to convert. So, I believe that I would be looking at a charge of $468.00 in the US for the first hour of service. That would be totally unacceptable to me here. I haven't called them to check but will.
My taxpayer dollars keep them afloat and I would be livid if they charged at all.
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Michael Broad said…
The fire service here don't do much. They sit around all day so why not save a cat for free? They are basically an insurance policy. In defense some people do abuse the fire service and call them out for the most inappropriate reasons. Perhaps this is an attempt to ensure callers are serious.

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