In raids conducted by the Trading Standards
Officials, it has been found that CHIMPANZEE meat is being sold illegally in Britain. This meat is believed to be traded
from market stalls in the Midlands. Consumers address to this meat as 'special
meat' for a 'special ceremony'. Bush meat products are imported not only for
consumption but also for medicinal purposes or as status symbols.
Dr. Marcus Rowcliffe of the Zoological Society of London, said:
"Chimpanzee meat is rare, even in the markets of Africa. Up to 270 tons of
bush meat a year could be smuggled from Africa to the UK and other European
countries via French capital Paris." Smugglers often made no attempt to
hide the bush meat and were caught smuggling the meat in suitcases while some
of the bush meat, brought is disguised as meat products such as beef or lamb. Dr.
Rowcliffe warned that imported meat could be carrying infectious diseases like
foot-and-mouth, anthrax, TB or cholera.
The meat costs about 20 pounds per kilogram.