So even as I fight to keep my gorge down after seeing Lady Gaga in a meat bikini (about which more soon), I know her offense against fashion and compassion pales in comparison to what’s going on out in the bush.
Congolese chimps are being slaughtered for “bushmeat” at an alarming and grotesque rate. Here’s an excerpt from an article in The Guardian:
They are some of the most mysterious apes on the planet that according to local legend, kill lions, catch fish and even howl at the moon. But according to an 18-month study of remote human settlements deep in the Congolese jungle, chimpanzees are being subjected to a “wave of killing” by bushmeat hunters.
The scientists who carried out the study believe that the region, in the north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is home to at least 35,000 of the unusually large sub-species of chimpanzees. This is probably the largest population of chimps in Africa, but such is the hunger for chimp meat that the researchers believe the animals are facing a “major and urgent threat” and that northern DRC is now “witnessing the beginning of a massive ape decline.”
And lest you think for a moment that this tragedy is confined to those chimps who are killed, here’s a gallery of photos of just a few of the baby chimps who have been orphaned by the meat hunters and then sold as pets.
h/t: Camilla Williams
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