Bushmeat report

Bushmeat

Demolition of forests – Hunt – Death – ProfitRoasted deer, deer goulash or rabbit stew?

In Africa it means gorilla, chimpanzee, porcupine or viper, to mention only a few. Dogs and cats are on the menu too. Bush meat signifies meat from the bush, the rain forest, the wilderness. No matter how. More or less alive, raw, roasted or smoked.

Consumption of meat from the wilderness has it’s tradition. Most people in Africa have been hunters in the past. The rainforest, steppe and savannah had a rich flora and fauna. Since consumption of bush meat is not limited to villages in the close neighbourhood, but is exported to the cities and to overseas, diversity of species in the forests is gone. Many of Cameroon’s forests are empty because of the hunters, trappers and poachers.

Because of population explosion and avarice for fast growth and profit, in a very small time window many habitats have been destroyed and many species are close to extermination. Before the last forests will be destroyed by large companies in record time, armies of hunters and trappers are on their illegal way to hunt what they can find or dies miserable in their traps. To slay animals people have many ideas.They build self made weapons and spread traps over large areas.

Demolition has a system.

Since concessions for the deforestation of the African rainforests are given to mostly European, American and Asian logging-companies, the traditional consumption of bush meat came to big dimensions. Commerce is exploding, got a commercial character and is an absolute illegal and lasting business with death and extermination.

Eminently concerned by the problem bush meat are gorillas, chimps and other primates. Central Africans are eaten everything and take the same sad place next to the Chinese. The more rare the species  become, the more convened it is. 4.5 million metric tons Bush meat annually, in central Africa, make the problems very clear.

Gorillas and chimps are hunted, murdered and their traumatized babies are sold for a high prize. For every animal baby in this illegal trade, its parents have to die, often even the whole clan. Bush meat-trading took a back-seat a bit, but there are under-the-counter-sales. In the cities there are still bush meat-markets where you can buy everything.

The situation gets worse because of illegal trading with living animals and the demand for ivory. Gorilla- and chimp babies are sold to rich arabian princes and businesspeople all over the world and vegetate in private zoos. Here animal welfare is a foreign word.

In many local restaurants you can find bush meat on the menu. Gorilla is a expensive delicacy, chimp meat is standard and from time to time you can find elephant meat too. The whole African fauna can be ordered.

Dead or alive.

Next police stations are close. It seems like there are no laws existing and even policemen are consumers on supermarkets or restaurants.
Due to the similar genetic code, primates suffer from the same or similar diseases as we do. That makes consumption of primates dangerous. HIV appeared probably around 1900 and grew around 1980 to a worldwide epidemic. Many scientist expect that the virus vested to humans by the consumption of primate meat or blood transmission. Other diseases like monkey-pox are dangerous for humans. But the far biggest danger are human diseases for the primates.A simple influenza can snuff out a whole population.

Law in Cameroon punish s killing, trading and trade with gorillas, chimps and other species of Class-A ( CITES list of animals and plants threatened with extinction) with penalties from 3 million up to 10 million CFA and/or prison between 1 or 3 years.

Corruption helps to set contravener’s free easily and fast to continue their bloody business. Cameroon is considered to be the most corrupt state of this world.

Spain is the only state which gives limited human rights to the big apes. The consumption of gorillas and chimps is cannibalism!

Bush meat is not a problem because of hunger. It is because of culture and tradition. That doesn’t change fast and easily. Clarification and indicating of alternatives are urgently necessary. It is very important to continue WPE-projects and to establish them in outlying areas. WPE offer solutions.

“Sustainable, with lasting effect!!!”