The bushmeat trade is the illegal, over-hunting of wildlife for meat and income.
Already in West and Central Africa this trade has resulted in declines and local extinctions of many wildlife species and the economic, cultural and ecosystem services they provide. In addition, a number of human health threats have emerged from the trade in bushmeat including linkages to HIV/AIDS, ebola and the threat of anthrax.
Bushmeat trade is not regulated or managed by any authority. Economic benefits from the trade go mainly to hunters and traders. If current trends continue, future generations of citizens in Africa will not have the opportunity to access benefits from wildlife. Using wildlife to meet protein and income demands cannot be supported in the long term.
The immediate threat of loss of economic opportunity, cultural and ecological services, and other values to a wider community must be addressed today.
(Taken From: www. bushmeatnetwork.org)
Here are some images from the Bushmeat Trade for you to get an idea of what we are talking about: