Anon. (2009, February 26). Bushmeat trade poses UK health threat. Meat Info [online]. Available. http://www.meatinfo.co.uk/articles/70089/Bushmeat-trade-poses-UK-health-threat.aspx?categoryid=9045 [2009, March 12]
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Rising food prices and deepening poverty has increased the illegal global trade of bushmeat, threatening wildlife and posing a health risk for UK consumers.
According to the latest figures, some 7,500 tonnes of illegal meat products enter Britain every year. Some of this meat is bushmeat from wild animals, which have been snared by African poachers and smuggled into the UK disguised as beef.
It is estimated that more than half of this illegal meat is then sold on to consumers through wholesalers and local street markets. Experts have warned that the illegal bushmeat trade endangers both endangered wildlife and human health, with diseases such as Ebola, anthrax, foot-and-mouth and TB highlighted as potential risks.
Detective Inspector Brian Stuart, head of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, said: