Research has uncovered alarming evidence of an under-reported wild-meat crisis in the heart of Amazonia.
The study found:
- Bushmeat was eaten at least once a month by nearly half (44%) of urban households
- The vast majority (79%) had consumed bushmeat during the previous 12 months
- Almost all (99%) households had consumed fish, plus chelonians (48%) and caiman (28%) during this period
- Urban households reported consuming a wide range of mammals (15 species identified in total), birds (12), fishes (62), and reptiles (7; Figure 2)
- Many of these species are vulnerable to overharvesting, reflected by IUCN threat statuses (for mammals, birds, and reptiles) including 3 endangered species, 8 vulnerable and 5 near threatened
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-02-urban-bushmeat-poses-threat-amazonian.html#jCp