Pet market raids coming after fire

A fire at a pet market in Chatuchak district in Bangkok kills more than 5,000 animals on Tuesday. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)
A fire at a pet market in Chatuchak district in Bangkok kills more than 5,000 animals on Tuesday. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will raid unauthorised pet markets throughout the city following Tuesday's fire at a pet market in Chatuchak district which killed more than 5,000 animals.

Governor Chadchart Sittipunt said Sri Somrat Market, located behind the JJ Mall shopping centre, caught fire at 4.08am and was extinguished at 4.37am.

At least 5,300 animals, including many exotic species, which were kept in 118 pet shops in an area covering 1,400 square metres, were reported to have died.

Sri Somrat Market has been running a pet business for at least two decades. The market's operating licence was renewed four years ago, Mr Chadchart said.

Mr Chadchart said the BMA would investigate other pet markets to see their business ventures and animal welfare conditions.

The governor said that, from now on, every pet shop is required to have two permits, one from the BMA and the other from the Department of Livestock Development.

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  • decades: periods of ten years - เป็นสิบๆปี
  • exotic: interesting or exciting because of being unusual or not familiar - ผิดธรรมดา,ประหลาด
  • extinguish: to put out a fire - ดับไฟ
  • governor: a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province or a government agency - ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด
  • investigate: to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it - ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
  • licence: an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something - ใบอนุญาต
  • permit: an official document that gives you permission to do something - ใบอนุญาต
  • raid (verb): to use force to suddenly enter a place - บุกเข้า
  • species: a set of animals or plants in which the members have similar characteristics to each other and can breed with each other - พันธ์,จำพวก
  • venture: a new activity, usually in business, which involves risk or uncertainty - ธุริกิจเสี่ยงแต่สามารถทำกำไรได้
  • welfare: good care and living conditions, in this case, for animals - ความสะดวกสบาย, ความมีสุขภาพดี, สวัสดิภาพ
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