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1/24/12 - Bushmeat: It's What's for Dinner

The Trust is mentioned for its support of the EcoHealth Alliance to study illegally imported wildlife confiscated at NYC ports.

Bushmeat. It's What's for Dinner

By Gale Scott for Crain's New York Business
January 24, 2012

Sometimes it's just not a proper wedding without a taste of monkey stew.

Every meat-eating society has its ideas about what's delicious and what's disgusting. To each his own.

But a New York City-based pilot study of illegally imported “bushmeat,” a term for wild animals hunted in Africa for food, is raising new concerns about the health hazards posed to people who eat wild creatures ranging from bats to monkeys and other primates.

Scientists who tested bushmeat confiscated first at John F. Kennedy International Airport and later at several other cities found a significant percentage to be infected with viruses that pose a human health threat. The New York Community Trust was among the organizations that paid for the study, which involved researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society in the Bronx and several other private and government organizations. The study is ongoing and is due to be expanded.

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