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Illegal bushmeat trade on the rise

by Jane Lawton, Nov 6
1 minute read

Recent estimates show that the amount of illegal bushmeat smuggled into the UK has doubled in five years. Border Agency staff seized a total of 1,149kg of meat from wild animals at airports in 2018/19. This is up from 946kg the previous year and 544kg in 2014/15, according to a response by the Home Office to a freedom of information request made by the Daily Mirror.

person in red and white long sleeve shirt slicing meat

So what?

The current COVID-19 pandemic, like many other infectious diseases, is thought to have zoonotic origins. This means, it’s transferred from animals to humans. The risks of this kind of transmissions are increasing as we encroach further and further onto wild habitats and hunt, butcher and consume wild animals. Could this mean new sources of pandemics in European countries? At the same time, the illegal bushmeat trade is emptying forests across many parts of Africa, endangering the health of ecosystems so critical in our fight against climate change.



by Jane Lawton Spotted 1 signal

A sustainability professional with experience in the development, conservation and sustainability sectors in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. Over the past 25 years, I have been fortunate enough to build my experience in organizational leadership, program design and management, fundraising, and marketing and communications at some amazing organisations and learn from some of the best in the field. I am motivated by uncovering hidden leverage points, connecting the dots and creating solutions that deliver results for people and for nature.

Focus areas: Food & Nutrition, Biodiversity, Agriculture, Climate change, COVID-19

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