Study sparks bushmeat debate

A new UN report suggests that legalising parts of the bushmeat trade in Africa and South America may aid regulation and help to save endangered species, a view that contradicts that of many conservationists who oppose the hunting and trading of wild animals.

The report, published by the secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, says that enforcing a blanket ban on exotic meat would not only be met with failure but also deprive poor families of a source of income and nutrition.

But supporters of a wider ban say regulating sales of some animals and not others would be too complicated.

Bushmeat sales are valued at roughly US$200 million in west and central Africa and US$175 million in South America’s Amazon basin.

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