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Jurisdictions Surveyed: Angola | Argentina | Botswana | Bulgaria | Cambodia | China | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Côte d’Ivoire | Egypt | Gabon | Georgia | Ghana | Greenland | Guyana | India | Indonesia | Kazakhstan | Liberia | Nepal | Pakistan | Russia | Thailand | Turkey | Vietnam
Appendix: Mexico | Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates | United Kingdom
Bushmeat is a significant source of protein in many tropical African countries, including Côte d’Ivoire, where the trade of bushmeat is widespread. Although quantitative data on the exploitation of bushmeat is scarce and often outdated, a 1999 study estimated that approximately 120,000 tons of wild game were consumed annually, compared with 45,000 tons of domestic meat. This represented the equivalent of 1.7% of the country’s gross domestic product.
In April 2014, the government of Cote d’Ivoire banned the sale and consumption of bushmeat in an effort to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus. However, despite possible punishments of up to five years in jail, the sale of bushmeat continued to flourish on the black market. The government lifted the ban on bushmeat by 2016.
As part of its effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the government of Côte d’Ivoire again banned the consumption of all bushmeat, starting on March 17, 2020. As was the case in 2014-2016, the government may have difficulty enforcing this prohibition, as this measure is not well accepted by the Ivorian population, for whom the consumption of bushmeat is a strong and long-standing tradition.
Prepared by Nicolas Boring
Foreign Law Specialist
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Last Updated: 12/31/2020