Thousands in Hong Kong volunteer to adopt hamsters amid COVID-19 fears

HONG KONG, Jan. 19 (Reuters) – Thousands of people in Hong Kong volunteered to adopt unwanted hamsters on Wednesday after a massive government cull order over COVID-19 sparked fears panicked owners would leave their pets behind. Authorities on Tuesday ordered 2,000 hamsters from dozens of pet stores and storage facilities to be culled after tracing … Read more

U.S. grocery shortages deepen as pandemic dries supplies

Jan 14 (Reuters) – High demand for groceries combined with high freight costs and Omicron-related labor shortages are creating a new round of delays at processed food and fresh produce companies, leading to empty supermarket shelves at major US retailers. Producers of perishables across the West Coast are paying nearly triple pre-pandemic freight rates to … Read more