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SOS Rhino : In the News : Gorilla stew coming off the menu in Cameroon

Gorilla stew coming off the menu in Cameroon


15 April 2003
By Reuters

YAOUNDE, Cameroon — Gorilla, chimpanzee, and elephant will now be off the menu in Cameroon.

Authorities in the central African country announced Monday that any restaurant caught serving meat from endangered animals could face up to three years in prison and a fine of more than $16,000.

Top wildlife official Denis Koulagna said the animals might be exterminated within a decade if hunting for so-called bushmeat was not stopped.

As well as being the main source of protein for many impoverished villagers in Cameroon's forests, bushmeat is a delicacy for rich city dwellers.

Hunters can easily earn up to $1,000 a year — far more than most Cameroonians.

"Though habitat loss has often been cited as the primary cause of wildlife extinction, commercial bushmeat hunting has become the most immediate threat," said Koulagna.

Source: Reuters

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