Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Increase efforts to stop illegal bushmeat trade in Cameroon, and eventually all of Africa
The term “bushmeat” is used to describe meat that comes from wildlife in African forests. This includes many threatened and endangered species, such as elephants, antelope, gorillas, and others. Hunting these animals for food is most common in Central and Western Africa. Gorillas are a common target for hunting, and they are especially endangered in Cameroon.
Commercial bushmeat trade is illegal, but that doesn’t stop it from happening. Meat often is sold to fine-dining restaurants, with gorilla hands and smoked ape meat making frequent appearances on menus. Often after killing a chimpanzee family, poachers will take babies and sell them illegally as pets. For these survivors, the effects are physically and psychologically devastating. Apart from greatly contributing to the decline in the wildlife population, bushmeat consumption is also linked in an increase is deadly diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Ebola.
Despite the harmful effects on both wildlife and local people, the bushmeat trade is still on the rise. The Wildlife Protectors Fund made a great contribution to the protection of gorillas in Cameroon by campaigning to educate children about Koko the gorilla, an amazingly intelligent gorilla who is protected in a research sanctuary in California.
We can help to further protect the incredibly endangered gorillas of Cameroon and other wildlife by urging the U.S. Congress to put forth greater effort to stop the illegal bushmeat trade. By starting in Cameroon, we can eventually move forth efforts to put an end to the bushmeat trade across all of Africa.
Dear Speaker John Boehner,
The commercial bushmeat trade is on the rise in Central and Western Africa, and is horribly impacting many endangered species. In many countries, ape meat is considered a “delicacy,” causing gorillas to be common targets. The gorilla population is especially endangered in Cameroon. I ask that you help protect the gorilla population in Cameroon by putting forth effort to stop the illegal bushmeat trade there.
Great Apes are not the only targets of hunters in the bushmeat trade. A wide variety of wildlife including elephants, antelope, and lemurs are also targeted. Along with contributing to the decline in the wildlife population, the consumption of bushmeat is contributing to an increase in diseases such as Ebola and HIV/AIDS.
The illegality of the bushmeat trade has not stopped hunters from killing endangered species in Africa. By contributing to the efforts against the bushmeat trade in Cameroon, you will offer protection to gorillas in a location where it is needed the most. Please support this cause and take action to put an end to the commercial bushmeat trade once and for all.
[Your Name Here]
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