The cat was found inside a toy-filled container that reached Chennai Harbor on February 17. Attempts have been made to return it to China, but activists at the animal shelter PETA have come out in opposition. With this, the customs authorities of Chennai have handed it over to the Catalytic Trust, which works for the protection of cats. The Tamil Nadu Animal Husbandry Department looked after the cat.
Meanwhile, on April 19, the central government has recommended that the cat be handed over to the Animal Quarantine and Certification Service (AQCS) in Chennai. The instrument was to keep the cat in the quarantine for 30 days. Meanwhile, animal lovers came out with the support of Maneka Gandhi demanding the release of the cat.
Reshmi Gokhale, manager of PETA India Veterinary Services, has said that the cat is willing to be protected until someone is adopted. They have sent a letter to Chennai Customs stating that Covid 19 does not spread from cats to humans. Animal lovers have argued that it is common in China to kill cats for meat and fur, so as not to return the cat to China.
Cat lovers have also noted that the cat’s entry into the container is unlikely to come from China. They argued that the cat could not survive without food and water for 20 days before arriving in China from China, and that it could be transported from the port in Singapore or Colombo. After the release of the cat, which has completed its quarantine period, the animal lovers have expressed their gratitude to the central government, Tamil Nadu government and Chennai customs.
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