According to a report by The Telegraph, chimpanzee meat is being sold and eaten throughout the UK
Served as a ‘delicacy’ at weddings and parties, chimpanzee meat is being sold as ‘bush meat’ on market stalls.
Dedicated primate scientist, Dr. Ben Garrod, spoke to The Telegraph, explaining how customs must immediately begin DNA testing meat that comes through, to determine whether it originates from endangered species, as well as to eliminate the danger of diseases spreading to humans from undetermined, illegal bush meat.
Dr. Garrod claimed that chimpanzee meat is ‘routinely smuggled’ into Europe, and consumed by UK citizens, unaware of what meat it actually is.
He said: “It’s rife. It’s there – it’s in all the major cities across Europe and the US. We have seen bush meat confiscated in the UK in check points at borders and in markets.”
Dr Garrod continued: “From what I know, I can’t imagine why people would want to eat chimpanzee, but most bush meat that comes to the UK is seen as a luxury food. It’s the equivalent of us wanting game.”
“It’s often brought to the country for specific celebrations like a wedding or a christening. We aren’t targeting a cultural group, but it is an illegal activity.”
‘Taking smugglers seriously’
A spokesperson for the UK Government said: “We take the smuggling of any contraband extremely seriously.”
“As well as working with enforcement and intelligence partners in the UK and internationally, Border Force continues to invest in training and equipment to ensure that we do all we can to intercept illegal foodstuffs and crack down on smugglers.”