Actions that others have taken!

BECOME AWARE! Learn more about the bushmeat crisis and Africa

  • Congratulations! By taking the time to sign the Bushmeat Promise you have already begun to raise your awareness of the bushmeat issue.
  • Learn about endangered species in your country and advocate the laws that protect these animals from being hunted, harmed, eaten or kept as pets.
  • Ask vendors, chop houses and restaurants what type of meat they are serving and do not eat meat of endangered and threatened species.
  • Sign up to receive the Bushmeat Quarterly and more bushmeat information from BCTF at promise@bushmeat.org
  • Learn about Africa’s endangered and threatened wildlife through your Department of Wildlife and Protected Areas, NGOs such as the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force (www.bushmeat.org) or local and national NGOs.
  • Keep up with African news, policy and events. Some helpful news sites include http://www.allafrica.com and BBC Africa.

Here are some other ways that people learned more about bushmeat…

  • I did a college class final presentation on the subject this past May and opened many eyes to these atrocities. Part of the hour long presentation was based on some indigenous groups in Central Africa. My professor still talks about it!
  • I asked all my friends on MSN Messenger to do learn more, so I spent money on my internet to do that, and I let my family know of my promise, and they respected it and became aware as well.
  • I mainly read about the crisis and make others aware. I also do not buy anything that is from rainforest wood and try to be aware of the things I am buying... where they are from etc.
  • I have gone to work for an organization that supports the conservation of Great Apes. In doing so, I have met many people from around the world who have hands on conservation, and I have been able to help them with my time.
  • I finished my Ph.D. on subsistence hunting of deer populations in south-eastern Mexico (a long term study from 1996-2004)
  • I have written a feasibility report on whether or not individuals can make a significant difference in stopping the extinction of free-living chimpanzees in Africa, by supporting organizations sensitive to the conservation issue. After much research, I found that this is entirely feasible.
  • Instigating the creation of public awareness posters at Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa
  • I have done research papers on the topic of bushmeat. Anthropology is my major and I have been focusing on the study of non-human primates and the bushmeat crisis. I have also studied the link between bushmeat and the Ebola virus. My studies have lead to learning about the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I think it is important to link all these issues in order to understand why there is such a bushmeat crisis.
  • I have formed an organization targeting the Crisis: In-situ Wildlife Conservation
  • Establishing Game ranches for bushmeat production and/or hunting camps, where tourists pay high game fees, generating income and protein to local communities.
  • I wrote an article at the Spanish Primate Association about Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund’s work, as well as deforestation and the bushmeat problem with pictures from the reserve. The article was on the front page!!!
  • I conducted a field survey on bushmeat and local attitudes for my MSc
  • I have contributed approximately $1200 as well as field supplies to various hard-working projects.
  • I have written to various government officials and international organizations to show my support for wildlife conservation in Africa.
  • I donated money to charities and I went to conservation lectures at Lincoln Park Zoo.
  • I explained the bushmeat problem during talks about conservation.
  • I had an internship to study the effects of hunting and I continuously learn about evolution of bushmeat through your website.
  • During a conference in Iquitos, Peru, I attended a session about sustainable management of wildlife and hunting problems.
  • I've set a Google news alert for “bushmeat” and “viande de brousse”
  • I have read many articles and purchased books concerning the bushmeat crisis in order to better educate myself on the issue.
  • I read the science press for updates, in order to know new statistics/ new estimates on the bushmeat crisis with great apes.
  • I read wildlife organizations’ action alerts and sign petitions to help.
  • I keep my eyes and ears open to bushmeat-related issues, and learn as much as I can.
  • Read through the BCTF website, and watched documentaries that at least briefly addressed the subject.
  • I bought the book Eating Apes from Dale Peterson and Karl Amman.
  • I subscribed to African news websites to download all the bushmeat articles I found.
  • I downloaded the 2000 EAZA bushmeat campaign, the BERG and documents from BCTF website.

 

SPREAD THE WORD! Share your knowledge about bushmeat and Africa

  • Tell a friend about the Bushmeat Promise.
  • Encourage your peers not to eat the meat of endangered species and to protect your endangered species.
  • Share what you have learned with your friends, family, and colleagues.
  • Encourage local conservation organizations to conduct outreach and education on the bushmeat crisis. Fact sheets and other educational materials are available from BCTF (www.bushmeat.org) and BCTF Supporting and Contributing Members

    (including World Wide Fund for Nature, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International and many others).

  • If you are a student, focus on the bushmeat crisis for a class project and make a presentation to your classmates.

Here are some other examples of what people did to fulfill this promise…

  • My husband and my children are very aware of this crisis and my children have spread the word to their classmates.
  • I have taken phone calls and instructed people not to purchase baby apes, and proceeded to explain why.
  • I have created posters about this topic at the Johannesburg Zoo
  • I am always discussing and educating my friends and family on this issue. Many have never heard of bushmeat and did not know what it meant. Education is the best tool. This is something I am extremely passionate about.
  • My website contains pages on the bushmeat crisis and we respond to persons asking for info.
  • Organizing hunting trips to Western Africa and trying to put up a hunting camp in Western Africa.
  • My AAZK chapter held a haunted trail around Halloween that educated the public about the Bushmeat Crisis.
  • I talk about it with everybody that will listen to me – even at the doctor’s office!!
  • I have told friends and family, but I need to tell more colleagues.
  • I discuss the crisis with family members.
  • I explained the bushmeat problem during conservation talks.
  • Informal conversations with people in different countries to make them aware of the circumstances and situations in which the bushmeat trade flourishes.
  • I in my organization in Central Africa, we work to raise awareness of this crisis.
  • I often discussed it with my family at the dinner table during vacations when I was home. I created a bushmeat information packet for Roots & Shoots.
  • I have done a few school reports on the issue and we are doing an awareness booth at our chili cook-off.
  • I sent an e-mail about these issues w/pictures to all friends and family.
  • I work at a zoo and tell visitors about the bushmeat problem and the reasons for it.
  • I am an artist and I explain to people that the bushmeat crisis is inspiration for many of my pieces of wildlife art.
  • I got a friend that works at a popular pizza pub to hang up a flier I designed that describes the bushmeat problem.
  • I tried to persuade my colleagues and the community I'm working with to be aware of and prevent illegal hunting
  • I ended my new book with recommendations of three organizations that people could contact to help fight the crisis.
  • I'm a tour guide in Africa and I tell my clients about the problem in detail.

 

SPREAD THE WORD! Encourage others to sign the Promise

Here are a few ways that people fulfilled this promise…

  • Our facility encourages people to become partners in conservation with us through our website at www.GreatApeTrust.org
  • Our organization focuses on creating and international consensus for action and strives for a united front against the crisis
  • I talked to my 5th grade class about bushmeat and asked people to sign the Promise.
  • I am doing a research project for my biology class and will include this in my paper.
  • I am the editor of my school newspaper and I plan to put some information about bushmeat and the Promise in the next issue.
  • Wrote article about bushmeat crisis for publication in zoo magazine. Spoke to colleagues and friends about the issue at length.
  • We recommend the Bushmeat Promise at our zoo display
  • I have encouraged countless people...how many actually signed is unknown to me
  • I sent a copy of the Promise website to 5 friends
  • I used the Tell a Friend service on the BCTF website to tell my family and friends about it.
  • During public appearances, I encourage people to check out your website and others' who are working towards ending this crisis.
  • I asked friends to sign the Promise.

 

CONSUMER ACTION! Make wise choices about food and other products

  • Choose wisely when buying seafood, wood and other natural products. Use both national and regional seafood watch card available from http://seafood.audubon.org/ and http://www.montereybayaquarium.com/cr/seafoodwatch.asp
  • Encourage corporate social responsibility by purchasing products from companies who incorporate sound wildlife management and conservation into their practices in developing countries. Refer to BCTF Supporting and Contributing Members
  • Ask corporations to protect wildlife in Africa.
  • Encourage your local lumberyard & home improvement stores to carry Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified lumber and wood products Do not consume, hunt, trade or transport illegally hunted bushmeat (i.e. endangered species)
  • Think before you buy – ask vendors, chop houses and restaurants what type of meat they are serving and choose not to eat endangered or threatened species.
  • Ask corporations to protect wildlife in Africa When traveling, do not buy products from endangered or threatened species. Refer to the World Conservation Union’s TRAFFIC list of products to avoid at http://www.traffic.org/help/guide.htm

Here are some other ways that people fulfilled this promise…

  • I use Seafood Watch cards to help me figure out what fish are ok to eat.
  • I am a vegetarian and I do not purchase meat, sustainable or otherwise.
  • I only buy cage-free eggs and meat from free range animals
  • I'm a vegetarian
  • We created a poster advocating against the crisis and we are focusing on changing the eating of bushmeat in the Congo Basin area
  • I eat bushmeat, but only if I'm sure it is legal and correctly hunted.
  • Not buying leather clothes and eating just chicken
  • Local people have been encouraged to domesticate certain wildlife species such as grasscutter rats and rabbits to provide for those who may not easily give up to continuous consumption of bushmeat.
  • I look for food that is labeled “organic” at the grocery store. I also like to buy locally-grown vegetables from farmers’ markets.
  • I would never consider eating anything with bushmeat so I was already doing this.
  • I explained to people at weddings why they should not eat monkeys (in my home, weddings are the occasion where most monkeys are eaten)
  • I am a vegetarian and have tried to eat organic foods and foods that are sustainably grown whenever possible.
  • I avoided purchasing products which I know have a negative effect on wildlife and/or the environment, and tried to avoid those products I wasn't sure about.
  • I am very specific about knowing where meats come from that I eat.
  • Being aware of what I buy from any stores I do not buy products that harm primates
  • I live in San Diego so no bushmeat is available. But there is an abundance of unsustainably harvested seafood that my husband and I consistently decline to eat.
  • I became a vegetarian and educated myself about how the products I use can impact wildlife around the globe. I also took a job as a zookeeper and now educate the public on the plight of wildlife and how they can have an impact.
  • I am moving more and more toward vegetarianism overall. I try to be aware of what I buy though I have still bought leather shoes.
  • I read labels and buy products that support wildlife conservation.
  • This Christmas my family didn’t buy seafood like other years.
  • I watch for unsustainable harvested seafood, because directly eating bushmeat is not something relevant in my area.
  • I printed off the safe seafood list from WWF-US and keep it with me to buy only those listed as ok.

 

PROJECT SUPPORT! Support organizations that are working on solutions

Here are some other ways that people fulfilled this promise…

  • I am an active member of the International Society of Primatologists and the American Society of Primatologists.
  • I donated to the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force.
  • I work for a zoo and support it every day I am here!
  • As part of my PhD, I spent many hours with local NGOs in Mexico in training workshops and seminars on subsistence hunting.
  • We have sent countless faxes, e-mails and made hundreds of calls supporting this cause to countless organizations
  • I am an active member of the American Association for Zoo Keepers.
  • I am organizing a Primate Rehabilitation Foundation in my country
  • I'm a member of the Great Ape Project.
  • I buy “Chimp Mints” to support the Jane Goodall Institute.
  • I coordinate and sponsor anti bushmeat activities in Nigeria.
  • Carried out voluntary work for Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.
  • I renewed my membership in the Jane Goodall Institute
  • I work with Oxfam America.
  • We are regular contributors to the Humane Society of the U.S. and other smaller organizations that are working toward helping solve this crisis.
  • I am a member of WWF (among other conservation groups).
  • I am involved with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo – both have information about bushmeat crisis.
  • I made a donation to the African Wildlife Foundation.
  • I bought a BCTF T-shirt, which helps to support BCTF.
  • I become an active member of Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund and Bristol Zoo Gardens to address the bushmeat issue.

 

POLITICAL ACTION! Support appropriate policies

  • Sign up for an “Action E-list” that will email you updates with actions you can take to protect wildlife around the world. The Jane Goodall Institute, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the World Wildlife Fund, the African Wildlife Foundation and others maintain action lists.
  • Write letters, postcards, and/or emails to your local, state, and national representatives expressing your concern about this issue and encouraging them to promote solutions to this crisis. U.S. residents can find representatives at www.house.gov/writerep/ or www.senate.gov/contacting/index.cfm
  • Support policies and legislation that will promote solutions to the bushmeat crisis. In the U.S., go to http://thomas.loc.gov and search for “Africa” and/or “wildlife” to find legislation.

Here are some ways that people fulfilled this promise…

  • I supported policies and legislation to promotes solutions to the bushmeat crisis
  • We have drafted policies and are working with local governments to try and implement these policies
  • I work in a western African country to help better protect its natural resources (game).
  • In Spain, I am voicing my support for policies about importing illegal wood that may be linked to the bushmeat trade.
  • I send letters to politicians.
  • I signed petitions and sent letters.
  • Spoke with politicians in Belgium
  • I work in anti-poaching, so I am helping to enforce those policies. It is very dangerous work but I do it 2 days per week
  • I work with a group that sent a letter to Tony Blair (PM of England), trying to arrange a meeting to express our concerns about bushmeat and other issues.
  • I wrote a letter to President Bush to ask him to take action on this issue and its root causes.
  • In public appearances, I ask audiences to write letters to political representatives stating their concerns and support for a solution to the crisis.
  • I wrote to my state's representative to ask them to support solutions to the bushmeat crisis.
  • I respond to wildlife conservation organization alerts about this issue and others
  • I sent letters to my Senators asking them to support the Great Ape Conservation Act and other legislation that allocates funding for wildlife conservation.
  • I searched http://thomas.loc.gov/ for information about bills related to wildlife conservation and to Africa and wrote to my representatives to ask for their support in passing relevant bills.

 

OTHER ACTIONS Many people did other things to help solve the bushmeat crisis.

Here are a few ways that they gave their time, energy and money…

  • Wildlife conservation is my chosen career path, so I will work professionally on this when I finish school.
  • I include information whenever appropriate in classes I teach and develop
  • Our organization contributed funds to primate conservation and I volunteered my time.
  • I worked with a team of the University of Durham in a project addressing bushmeat hunting in Uganda. Currently working in preparing several publications from my PhD thesis on deer hunting in Mexico.
  • Working with the University of Lubumbashi to develop domestic protein production opportunities, including cattle and the beginning of setting up a fish farm.
  • Educating my friends and family, and anyone else I can get to listen to me! :) And creating a website that focused on the bushmeat/Ebola connection for my medical anthropology course (I always find ways in which I can incorporate this topic in my classes)
  • Distributed posters, fliers, collected cell phones for recycling programs toward the crisis.
  • I write a local e-newsletter and I constantly included information about a bongo shipped to Kenya from our local zoo. I also wrote stories about her life for local animal newspapers.
  • I spent a significant amount of time researching the issue and discussing it with my fellow students. I am actually currently trying to find a graduate school/professor that I can work with on the bushmeat issue.
  • I put together a petition of over 200 signatures which was sent to the Born Free Society
  • I spend time teaching my undergraduate students in my University to sensitize them and at every public forum I wear BCTF T shirts to spread awareness about the Bushmeat crisis.
  • I help communities to learn how to take care of chicken and goats to produce more meat
  • Carried out research in Cameroon into looking at sustainable hunting in some villages on the periphery of the Dja reserve.
  • Trying to change the uncontrolled hunting into a sustainable one, an organized one, with our community. We will test a controlled hunting program for rodents in February
  •  Praying for compassion for all beings.
  • I visit the Louisville Zoo at least once a week. At the gorilla exhibit area there is a donation machine for the bushmeat crisis. Every time I go, I try to donate at least a dollar.
  • I conducted Community sensitization in Central Africa.
  • I am planning a trip to West and Central Africa in 2006 to take photos and to study the issues.
  • I bring it up in every class that I teach.

 

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