Equatorial Guinea protects primates

Dear Friends

It is good to report something positive for once.  The following, courtesy of Rawstory.com, reports on positive conservation action by the authorities in Equatorial Guinea.

“Hunting, eating or keeping monkeys in Equatorial Guinea are forbidden as the government is taking pains to prevent the primates from becoming extinct, official media reported Wednesday.

This enforcement measure will also “protect families” and guarantee human health, as “monkeys and other primates carry viruses and dangerous” diseases, according to a decree signed by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema that was broadcast on national radio and television.

Lawbreakers will be subject to fines between 100,000 and 500,000 FCFA (150 and 750 euros, 220 and 1,000 dollars).

In Equatorial Guinea, like in the rest of Africa, primates are threatened with extinction by hunters because their meat is prized and also used to cure people.”

Of course, having a law is one thing, enforcing a law is another.  Let’s hope that the citizens of Equatorial Guinea follow the new rules, thereby protecting apes and their own health!

Blogging off

Will

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