Wildlife - Bush Meat
What is Bushmeat?
In Africa, the forest is often referred to as the bush. Meat from wildlife in the forest is therefore referred to as Bushmeat. Some examples of wildlife used for bushmeat are chimpanzees, gorillas, elephants, monkeys, guinea fowl, and many more.
What is happening in Africa?
Due to an increasing demand in the illegal wildlife trade market, the wildlife, the ecosystem, and the humans in Africa are greatly affected. Some effects of the bushmeat trade are:
- Dangerous and illegal hunting methods, such as wire snares
- Hunting of endangered species
- Extinction of species
- Lack of food security for rural populations
- Spread of diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and Ebola
What is happening in the United States?
Here in the United States we are contributing to the illegal trade of bushmeat. Bushmeat is illegally imported every month. To learn more about the bushmeat trade in the United States, check out http://www.bushmeat.org/bushmeat_and_wildlife_trade/regions_affected/us_and_canada.
What is ANAW doing?
Currently, ANAW is patrolling game reserves and taking down snares. They are rescuing, treating, and releasing animals that have become trapped in snares. They are also actively working with communities to find alternative forms of food and income.
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Who We Are
Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) is a Pan-African Organization based in Kenya that promotes humane treatment of all animals and the well being of communities living with them.
To promote sustainability of animals and communities in Africa.
To partner with ANAW, and others, promoting an all Africa agenda, sustained by communities for conservation, compassion, protection and responsible care of all animals.