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The voiceless victims of COVID-19 crisis

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Srinagar: The COVID-19 crisis in the valley has not just impacted humans but also stray animals, who are desperately scouring for food.

This has compelled the Animal Husbandry Department of Kashmir to issue an advisory.


“It impresses upon the fact that due to non-availability of food, such animals can die and pose a severe risk to the humans,” it reads.

The advisory has suggested that people should try to feed as many strays in their locality.

Technical Officer Sheep Husbandry Department, Kashmir Dr Imran Khawaja said there is no evidence that suggests that stray dogs and cats play a role in the spread of this virus. On the contrary, it can happen from human to human transmission.”

He noted that these animals mostly depend on the leftovers from the households.

“Without flouting the COVID-19 protocol, the locals can feed them by leaving food outside,” Dr Imran said.

In view of the prevailing situation, the government has also directed Department of Animal Husbandry to ensure the continuous emergency services.

“Due to the emergent animal health situations, the department should keep all hospitals and dispensaries functional with sufficient stock of medicines, ambulances and ensure that the distress calls from farmers and companion animal owners should be attended on priority,” the government order reads.