Anon. (2008, March 14). Cameroon's bushmeat dilemma. BBC News [online]. Available. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/cooking_in_the_danger_zone/7282187.stm [2009, February 17]
camerron ; bushmeat ; environmental conflict ; cultural conflict ; cane rat farm ; illegal bushmeat ; illegal wildlife trade
Help! I am in an unfamiliar city in Cameroon, and I am being chased across a busy market by an angry group of women holding smoked monkeys. As I get to the road, I wonder if this is just some gruesome Freudian nightmare about carnivorous guilt, but the taxi I jump into, my heart beating like a drum, is real and drives off at speed.
We have come here to make a film about the bushmeat crisis in central West Africa, which is causing an ecological catastrophe and aiding zoonosis - whereby animal diseases jump species to humans.
The scale of the problem is huge.
Bushmeat, mainly rodents, antelopes, monkeys and primates, makes up a huge proportion of the diet here - around 60-80% of all protein eaten and some scientists predict that the great apes will be wiped out within 20 years.