Following widespread criticism that its Covid policies are unscientific, incoherent and futile, the Hong Kong government decides to bolster its credibility by ordering a round-up of hamsters. (Live action pix here.) The small furry rodents – long accustomed to spending their lives behind bars – cannot even hope to be put into quarantine. An altogether darker fate awaits them…
Humanely dispatching hamsters on a selective basis could not control the epidemic completely and may cause loopholes. To protect members of the public and safeguard public health, it is necessary for the AFCD to humanely dispatch those consignments of hamsters as soon as possible, to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading further.
…For the arrangement of taking in hamsters by the department, please call 2691 2269. Members of the public may also send their hamsters to the New Territories South Animal Management Centre.”
Some brave Hongkongers are now sheltering hamsters in secret hiding places in their homes. The authorities are also hunting down Cathay Pacific staff suspected of attending hamsters’ birthday parties. A kung fu master and YouTuber called Checkley Sin announces his intention to run for Chief Executive. Localist icon Edward Leung is released from prison at the dead of night. A slice of life in Hong Kong in early 2022.