Help Stop the Illegal, Commercial Bushmeat Trade
Petition to Senators:
I am outraged by the killing of chimpanzees and other imperiled wildlife species for the commercial bushmeat trade—a shortsighted and cruel practice that is pushing great apes and other endangered species to the brink of extinction.
As your constituent, I strongly urge you to support legislation to discourage the bushmeat trade and other destructive activities—like irresponsible logging and mining practices—that contribute to it.
With the increased commercialization of the illegal bushmeat trade across Central and Western Africa, thousands of adult chimpanzees and other endangered wildlife species like elephants and gorillas are killed every year.
The illegal, commercial bushmeat trade is not driven by the need to feed local people. Instead, this meat ends up in city markets and expensive restaurants throughout Equatorial Africa. Items such as gorilla hands are considered “delicacies” by wealthy elite both in the range countries and in Europe and the United States. It is an outright crime.
Please help us put an end to the commercial bushmeat trade and support practices to save chimpanzees from extinction by taking these two actions immediately:
Please sign our petition and consider making a special online contribution to the Jane Goodall Institute to support our efforts across Africa to end the illegal, commercial bushmeat trade, preserve valuable wildlife habitat and work with local communities to protect chimpanzees.