HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
West develops taste for primates

Meat from wild primates killed in Africa is landing on dinner plates in North America and western Europe. Offered for sale in clandestine markets from Los Angeles to Paris, primates make up nearly a third of the illegal international trade in bushmeat, according to a survey of markets in seven cities.

Rumours of the existence of such markets have floated around for years, says wildlife biologist Justin Brashares of the University of California, Berkeley. Confirmation came from a chance encounter with a taxi driver from Ghana two years ago. When asked if he missed eating bushmeat, the driver said, "I don't, really." He then offered to show Brashares a market in a warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, where bushmeat is sold.

"I was shocked that open markets sell large quantities of African bushmeat in major cities outside of Africa," Brashares says. Starting with his initial contact, Brashares has recruited 15 volunteers, expatriates from west Africa to visit illegal markets in Paris, Brussels, London, New York, Montreal, Toronto and Chicago. A market in Los Angeles has just been added to the list.

Two volunteers separately recorded the amount of bushmeat for sale at one sample location in each city. Just over 6000 kilograms of meat moves through these seven markets each month, Brashares told the Society for Conservation Biology when it met in San Jose, California, on 28 June. This probably underestimates the international trade, itself only a tiny fraction of the wild meat hunted in Africa, most of which is eaten locally. Primate meat makes up a larger share of what is sold overseas compared with markets in west and central Africa.

"I have 27 records of chimpanzee and gorilla parts being sold in the markets," Brashares told New Scientist. "In each case it was not a complete body, but a hand, leg or, in two cases, a head." Guenon monkeys and baboon species appear to be a big part of the trade, he says. Small antelopes called
'"/>

Contact: Claire Bowles
claire.bowles@rbi.co.uk
44-207-611-1210
New Scientist
5-Jul-2006


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. N.C. A&T food scientist develops process for allergen-free peanuts
2. MIT develops nanoparticles to battle cancer
3. UC develops new approach to Web-based drug withdrawal warnings
4. Engineer ramps up protein production, develops versatile viral spheres
5. Hopkins develops online tool to aid research on certain orphan diseases
6. U of I scientist develops enzyme inhibitor that may slow cancer growth
7. OHSU researcher develops first animal model to treat devasting head and neck cancers
8. Novel stem cell technology develops a new cell for repairing spinal cord injuries
9. Interdisciplinary team develops guidelines for treating severely injured patients
10. Georgia Tech develops technology for more compact, inexpensive spectrometers
11. Carnegie Mellon develops non-invasive technique to detect transplant rejection at cellular level

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/22/2018)... , ... December 21, 2018 , ... ... sponsored and hosted the Boston Healthcare Drinks event featuring Helen Chen, Greater China ... from China.” , The discussion was moderated by patent attorney David J. ...
(Date:12/19/2018)... ... 2018 , ... NDA Partners Chairman Carl Peck, MD, announced today that ... for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), has been appointed a Partner in the firm. ... she has more than 25 years of regulatory experience. In addition to her FDA ...
(Date:12/19/2018)... ... December 19, 2018 , ... OrthoSpace Ltd. (“OrthoSpace” or “the ... evaluating the use of novel surgical techniques, including the OrthoSpace InSpace™ balloon spacer, ... disabling condition for which there are historically few treatment options. The present study ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/20/2019)... ... January 17, 2019 , ... TrakCel, the leading cell and ... Life Science Group (Quick Healthcare and QuickSTAT) today announce a partnership to offer ... and gene therapy industry to track products and manage the logistical processes of ...
(Date:1/15/2019)... ... 15, 2019 , ... With the U.S. Congress designating January as Cervical Health Awareness Month ... today announces tips to help reduce the risk of Cervical Cancer. , Cervical cancer ... is the #1 most common STD and an STI that almost half of ...
(Date:1/11/2019)... TORONTO (PRWEB) , ... January 11, 2019 , ... Drawing ... place on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 2:30pm EST will explore some of the ... and benefits of using one vendor vs. using multiple vendors, and find out how ...
(Date:1/10/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... January 08, ... ... Implant Co, (SAGICO), an innovative spinal implant company, announced today that SAGICO ... San Francisco, California. The annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference is the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: