2 mar 2023 10:05 am
A former employee of the British Department of Health spoke about this plan in an interview. The reason for this was the supposed uncertainty regarding a possible transmission of the virus by animals.
As part of an interview with the British broadcaster channel 4 former Parliamentary Secretary of State for Health and Social Affairs, James Bethell, justified the British government’s bizarre plan with alleged ignorance and uncertainties at the beginning of the global corona crisis. This is how Bethell explains the background:
“We shouldn’t forget how little we knew about this disease. There was a moment when we weren’t sure if pets could transmit the disease. There was even a notion at times that we needed to urge the public to ban all cats in Britain. Can you imagine what would have happened if we had wanted to do that?”
In July 2020, the UK government warned citizens not to kiss their pets after a female Siamese kitten became the first animal in the UK to test positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus tested had been. As part of the global discussion on this informed the German wave in November 2020: “Corona-infected people can infect their pets. According to experts, a reverse route of infection can almost be ruled out – but this does not apply to all animals. That’s why millions of mink have to die”.
A Guardians-Article Bethell was quoted as saying that his boss at the time, former Health Secretary Matt Hancock, is currently facing a series of allegations based on leaked publications of more than 100,000 WhatsApp messages. This news provides a deeper insight into “how the UK government worked at the start of the pandemic,” he said Guardians in a related Article.