Should ‘wet markets’ be banned? I Inside Story

Scientists are still trying to confirm the exact source of the new coronavirus sweeping across the world.
It’s believed the virus may have jumped from exotic animals to humans at a market in Wuhan, China.
That’s led to growing calls to ban ‘wet markets’, where many people in Asia and other parts of the world buy fresh meat and vegetables.
Most of them don’t sell wild animals such as bats.
Scientists are nevertheless worried about the close contact between humans and wildlife in wet markets.
So, should markets like these be banned?

Presenter: Bernard Smith

Guests:

Trinh Le Nguyen – Executive Director at PanNature, a conservation NGO in Vietnam.

Dr. Muhammad Munir – Virologist at Lancaster University.

Kaddu Sebunya – CEO of the African Wildlife Foundation.

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