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Kuala Lumpur Singapore will consider banning selling and killing live animals in wet markets, the country’s environment minister told the legislature on Tuesday.
In Asia, a wet market is typically a bustling open-air bazaar where freshly caught fish and meat and new vegetables are sold The practice is common in parts of East and South-East Asia, but has come under scrutiny due to the possibility that the new coronavirus pandemic could have originated in a wet market in Wuhan, China - or in a nearby laboratory.
Amy Khor, Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources, said that “international benchmarking and scientific evidence” would be used to determine the risk of transmission of dangerous viruses due to the practice. Khor was responding to a question posed by Louis Ng, a member of parliament, about the sale and slaughter of live turtles in markets. (DPA)
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