Tuesday, September 23, 2008

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Calls for bushmeat ban rejected

BBC NEWS Science/Nature Calls for bushmeat ban rejected If current hunting levels persist, many species will be extinct in less than 50 years, says CIFOR - the Centre for International Forestry Research.

CIFOR estimates that the annual harvest of bushmeat in Central Africa amounts to more than one million tonnes — the equivalent of four million heads of cattle.
According to the report, large mammal species are particularly vulnerable.

Many - such as elephants, gorillas and other primate species - have already become locally extinct.
Overall, international trade in wild animal products has an estimated value of US$3.9bn.

For West and Central Africa alone, the estimates range from $42m to $205m a year. Yet, these statistics are still "largely ignored" in official trade and national policies regulating forest policy, claims the CIFOR report.



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