Wildlife Smuggling Is a Crisis of Epic Proportion.Endangered species need you. Sign PASA's petition NOW!
I was shocked to learn that thousands of pounds of meat of illicitly caught wildlife is smuggled into the United States every year, undetected by customs officers. Much of it arrives in cargo shipments.
The illegal import of ape meat can trigger outbreaks of Ebola and other deadly diseases in the U.S.
The rapidly expanding bushmeat industry is horrifically inhumane and inadequate law enforcement allows it to continue to grow.
Much of this meat is from endangered species such as chimpanzees and gorillas which may become extinct in our lifetime if the trafficking of wildlife meat is allowed to continue.
I respectfully urge you to increase the efforts of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to identify and confiscate shipments containing bushmeat, in order to keep us safe from lethal diseases, protect our nearest relatives from extinction, and help put a stop to the vicious and illegal global trade in wildlife meat.
What is Bushmeat?
The “bushmeat trade” usually describes the illegal and unsustainable over-hunting of wild animals. Tragically, most bushmeat hunters think there will never be a shortage of animals to hunt. They don’t realize they’re on the verge of driving animals to extinction, forcing themselves out of work, and robbing Africa of its heritage.
How Does Bushmeat Spread Disease?
Meat from infected great apes harbors these diseases and can carry them into the U.S., where it can infect people who handle it or eat it undercooked. Once a person is infected, diseases such as tuberculosis are spread through the air, while others such as the Ebola virus are spread through body fluids, potentially causing an epidemic anywhere in the world.
When Bobo was a baby clinging to his mother, she was killed, butchered, and sold as meat. He was lucky to be saved by PASA and Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center.
Add your name to PASA’s petition and tell U.S. Customs it’s unacceptable to let this dangerous and cruelly hunted meat enter the United States.
It’s estimated that every MONTH, 15,000 pounds of illegal wildlife meat is smuggled into the United States and sold throughout the country.
Join the movement led by PASA to stop the smuggling of meat from critically endangered species into the U.S. – before it’s too late!
Help us get 200,000 signatures to stop the cruelty. Sign PASA’s petition today.
Stop this cruelty, save these endangered species, and protect yourselves. Make your voice heard NOW to shut down this horrific and dangerous trade.
Misha’s mother had been brutally killed by hunters so they could illegally sell her body as bushmeat. Can you imagine feeling your dying mother’s heartbeat fade away as you lay pressed against her chest? That is what little Misha felt. When PASA and our member organizations rescued this orphaned baby chimp, her captors were abusing her and keeping her in appalling conditions until she grew big enough to be slaughtered for meat.
CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. African wildlife is often caught with barbaric traps and snares that produce unimaginable suffering. Entire families of chimpanzees and monkeys are shot out of trees, and any babies who survive the fall and are too small to be slaughtered for meat are sold on the black market as pets.
EXTINCTION OF OUR CLOSEST RELATIVES. Chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos are endangered and the bushmeat crisis has become the greatest threat to their existence. If we don’t act now, they may disappear in our lifetime. We can’t let this happen.