Kim Jong-un declares war on cats fearing they bring Covid-19 to North Korea

SUMMARY: Kim Jong-un has ordered the destruction of domestic and feral cats in North Korea together with pigeons because he believes that they spread the coronavirus while bringing it in across the border from China. It is a completely unwarranted and a cruel act of madness by a crazy dictator.

NEWS AND COMMENT: Kim Jong-un has declared war on animals including domestic and feral cats because he believes that they bring Covid-19 into the country. Clearly there is no evidence whatsoever support this. In fact, all the evidence that we have indicates the opposite. Cats do not spread the coronavirus and indeed rarely become infected themselves and if they do it is because humans give it to them. And to imagine that domestic cats are crossing the border from China to spread the disease is insane.

Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un. Photo in public domain.
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The North Korean dictator has ordered his “forces” to “eliminate” cats and pigeons under this false belief. His actions are viciously cruel and unwarranted. We are told that the local authorities in towns and cities along the border with China have been shooting at birds and rooting around for cats. We are told that cat owners are refusing to give them up. On one occasion in the town of Hyesan, Yanggang Province, a family was placed into an isolation facility but 20 days for “illegally raising a cat”.

Hyesan, Yanggang Province
Hyesan, Yanggang Province, Photo; Google.

The family of four was placed into quarantine on May 24. The official statement is: “The family was given a punishment of 20 days in isolation for illegally raising the cat following an order not to do so in the border region.”

In the region where this family lived the authorities had ordered people to “catch and eliminate pigeons and cats”. Citizens have been shooting at birds flying over the border from China. Campaigns have been commenced to target both domestic and feral cats. The family concerned said their cat had died but on May 22 but their cat was seen near a fence near the border.

Border patrol guards tried to capture the cat unsuccessfully. The incident was reported to the provincial quarantine command which led to the punishment of the family. The cat was found and taken away and presumably killed. Many North Korean citizens have questioned why the authorities made such a big effort to catch to cat because they don’t believe that the cat would have been able to cross the river into China and then return. In short, they don’t believe in the order handed down by the authorities.

In another interesting development, earlier this month, it was revealed that Kim Jong-un had banned the use of Chinese medicine in major hospitals across North Korea following the death of an official treated with this bogus medicine. He was a 60-year-old bureaucrat popular with the dictator. Banning Chinese medicine is a good idea.

North Korea claims to have had no confirmed cases of Covid-19 during the entirety of the pandemic.

Source: Daily NK and The Mirror.

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