Bushmeat in Sierra Leone Is a Crisis of Epic Proportion.

Endangered species need your help. NOW!

End the Crisis

Ask the government of Sierra Leone to crack down on the illegal hunting and selling of the meat of endangered species. The names of all signatories will be presented to the Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment.

If you have any problems with the petition, please contact info@pasaprimates.org.

The Petition

To Diana Finda Konomanyi, Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment:

Sierra Leone’s wildlife is in peril. Countless wild animals, including endangered chimpanzees and monkeys, are illegally hunted, slaughtered, and sold for meat.

The methods of trapping and shooting wildlife can cause prolonged suffering to highly intelligent animals.

The hunting and consumption of bushmeat is the likely cause of many outbreaks of Ebola.

The hunting and selling of protected wildlife is illegal.

If the trafficking of wildlife meat continues, it may cause the extinction of humanity’s closest relatives in our lifetime.

As a person who cares about Sierra Leone’s wildlife and natural heritage, I respectfully ask you to increase your efforts to stop the widespread killing of primates for meat.

What is Bushmeat?

In Africa, forest is often referred to as “the bush,” thus the meat of wildlife is called “bushmeat.” This term applies to all wildlife species, many of which are threatened and endangered.

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?

We’re very closely related to great apes – we share more than 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos. As a result, we can transmit many diseases to each other, including HIV/AIDS, Ebola, tuberculosis, and other potentially deadly viruses and bacteria.

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 U.S.

When Bobo was a baby clinging to his mother, she was killed, butchered, and sold as meat.

Add your name to the petition and say that you oppose the widespread, illegal bushmeat trade.

Join the movement to stop the illegal trapping, shooting, and eating of meat from critically endangered species – before it’s too late!

Help us get enough signatures to stop the cruelty. Sign PASA’s petition today.

Thousands of gorillas, chimpanzees, and other African wildlife on the brink of extinction are viciously hunted, butchered, bought, and sold. Any one of them can carry an HIV infection, an Ebola epidemic, or a number of other deadly diseases. Together we must take action.

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 its 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.

The hunting of wild animals in Africa, once a means of sustenance for people in remote villages, has become a rapidly growing black-market industry worth billions of dollars per year. Illicitly hunted wildlife is now a delicacy, with gorillas sold for 20 times the price of a cow.

Sign PASA’s petition today.

Please sign this crucial petition, share it on Facebook, and send it to as many people as possible, to save baby chimpanzees like Misha from becoming orphans and save humans from contracting deadly diseases.

We need to put a stop to the illegal hunting and trafficking of African wildlife meat for three reasons:

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.

AN EBOLA EPIDEMIC. A number of human Ebola outbreaks in Africa have been caused by people butchering and eating ape meat, and the first human case of HIV was likely contracted in the same way. The trafficking of wild animal meat from Africa can trigger outbreaks of Ebola and other lethal diseases in the United States and throughout the world which kill thousands of people.

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.