The Bushmeat Crisis Task Force (BCTF)

  • Heather E. Eves
  • Michael Hutchins
  • Natalie D. Bailey
Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR)

Bushmeat and BCTF

There is an immediate and rapidly growing threat to the future of Africa's irreplaceable wildlife: the unsustainable, often illegal, unregulated commercial harvesting of wildlife for meat, also known as the bushmeat trade.1 A multi-billion dollar industry, bushmeat is now the most significant threat to wildlife populations, including great apes, in Africa today (Bennettet al., 2002b). Complex interactions between extractive industries (logging, mining, oil), transportation systems (roads and railroads), human population growth, absence of dietary alternatives, lack of governmental infrastructure, and widespread poverty have resulted in a rapid increase in the commercial trade in wildlife for meat. The commercial bushmeat trade results in the depletion of a wide range of wildlife, ranging from large- to small-bodied species. Due to their relatively low productivity, tropical forests are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of the commercial wildlife trade. The...


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Julie Stein, Liz Gordon, Tim Clark, Andrew Tobiason, BCTF Supporting and Contributing Members, and the BCTF Steering Committee deserve thanks for their continuing support and work on behalf of BCTF.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heather E. Eves
    • 1
  • Michael Hutchins
    • 2
    • 3
  • Natalie D. Bailey
    • 1
  1. 1.Bushmeat Crisis Task ForceWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.The Wildlife Society BethesdaMarylandUSA
  3. 3.Graduate Program in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development University of Maryland College ParkMarylandUSA

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