Conservation International; trade; bushmeat; Bushmeat Crisis Task Force; Ghana; markets; religion
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 the trade.
"The women had gotten annoyed because they felt they were being targeted by others in the meeting," CI-Ghana Director Okyeame Ampadu-Agyei said afterwards. "I explained to them the conference was to share knowledge about bushmeat, not to attack anyone. I also advised them against leaving as it would only complicate the situation."...