Ebola crisis: why is there bushmeat in the UK?

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We don’t know why West Africa is currently suffering from the largest outbreak of Ebola, but humans were almost certainly first infected through contact with “bush meat”.

In short:

Food critic Charles Campion, who has investigated the sale of bush meat in London markets, says that African immigrants buy the black-market meats for a taste of home.

Ebola is a Class A bioterror weapon.
These people are so stupid they know this and keeping eating it.

But carrying bush meat into Britain is illegal for health and safety reasons and to protect animal welfare. There’s no oversight into cleanliness of the meat, and the methods of transportation are often unsafe.

Well, at least they’re not keeping it around other people…

A 2010 investigation into bush meat in Europe found 270 tonnes coming through Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport alone. Researchers discovered 11 different types of bush meat from African forests, including whole sheep and calves that were wrapped in plastic and kept in holdalls during flights.

Once the bush meat arrives in Britain, street markets and Africa restaurants are thought to stock the black market goods, keeping them hidden under the counter for familiar customers. Six butchers and food stores in Ridley Road Market, Dalston, were discovered selling illicit rat meat by a BBC investigation in 2010, and Campion says he knows of Hendon restaurants that sell bush meat.

I think I may need to move.