Dube, S. (2004, January 27). 'Dire threat' posed by bushmeat. The Western Mail. [Online]. Available: http://lists.envirolink.org/pipermail/ar-news/Week-of-Mon-20040126/017618.html [2004, January 27].
bushmeat; trade; management; enforcement; health; extinction
THE threats to Welsh farming were outlined in the European Parliament last week as Euro-MPs backed a petition by 1.9 million people calling for tighter controls over the illegal trade in bushmeat.
Wales Euro-MPs Eurig Wyn and Glenys Kinnock were among those supporting a report by Irish Party of European Socialists Group vice-president Proinsias de Rossa calling on the EC to strengthen existing legislation to halt the market in meat from wild animals including gorillas, monkeys, elephants and antelopes.
Demand in the West has rocketed, bringing with it a dramatically increased risk of importing infectious animal diseases and potentially fatal human infections such as ebola and hepatitis.
Mr De Rossa said, "Although bushmeat is a fast-growing problem everywhere, this report concentrates on Africa because the bushmeat problem there is the most significant."
But he said the illegal trade in the meat of wild animals was not limited to Africa. Much of it came from Asia and the...