Battling a lethal trade

Conservation International - Ghana
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Battling a lethal trade CI-Ghana takes aim at a practice that is devastating the country's wildlife and poisoning the population The bushmeat sellers had heard enough. In an exodus punctuated by angry shouts and clanging chairs, the disgruntled first ladies of Ghana's bustling wildlife trade marched out of the conference room and appeared ready to abandon the proceedings altogether. The scene: Ghana's first-ever national conference on the bushmeat crisis, organized by CI-Ghana, Ghana's Bushmeat Task Force and supported by CI's International Communications team and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, to curb a trade that is driving much of Ghana's wildlife to extinction. More than 200 tribal leaders, government officials and scientists, as well as a sizable contingent of so-called "market queens" were on hand. The queens, bushmeat sellers who ply their wares in Ghana's open markets, act as a conduit between hunter and consumer. Their cooperation is critical in any attempt to curb t
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