Bushmeat trade,February 2005 - POST Note

Published 01 February 2005 | POST notes POST PN 236

Amended 25 March 2014

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Topic: Animal diseases, Animals, Food

There is increasing concern about the commercial trade in ‘bushmeat’ (the meat of wild animals) originating in West and Central Africa. Unsustainable levels of bushmeat hunting could threaten both wildlife populations and the people who depend on bushmeat for food or income. Of particular relevance to the UK are the implications of the trade for human and animal health through possible disease transmission.

This briefing summarises the causes and effects of the bushmeat trade, UK policy and remaining challenges.

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