Hunting Methods, Animal Welfare & Primate Sanctuaries

Bushmeat hunting, especially for apes, is inextricably tied to the pet trade: the majority of live primates offered for sale in markets are infants orphaned when their mothers were killed for food. Current estimates suggest that for each orphaned chimpanzee, bonobo or gorilla entering the pet trade, at least 10 other individuals will have died. Unless confiscated and brought to one of dozens of primate sanctuaries in Africa, the infants which survive to become a pet will suffer poor health and inhumane conditions.

Another animal welfare concern comes from the widespread use of wire snares, which are illegal but common in most of Africa.  The snares, generally set for duikers and rodents, can amputate limbs and kill non-target wildlife such as great apes and elephants.  Animals with a missing hand or a shortened trunk are not unusual; those that survive infection may die from malnutrition, unable to find or manipulate food.  When wire snares are not checked regularly or are abandoned, even targeted species may die a painful and wasted death, rotting on the forest floor.

BCTF Resources

Bushmeat Orphans and Primate Sanctuaries (Fact Sheet) 153.52 KB
Orphelins de la Viande de Brousse et Sanctuaires de Primates (Fiche d'Information) 126.98 KB
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