SIR – I am writing to bring to your attention a serious threat facing both endangered wild animals and human health – the snaring of wild animals and consumption of their meat, known as “bushmeat”. In many parts of Africa, bushmeat has evolved from a low-level subsistence activity to a large-scale commercial trade.

Many species of wild animal, including endangered species such as gorillas and elephants, are killed by poachers, butchered, and then transported to city markets and restaurants across the globe.

In some areas this has led to ‘empty forest syndrome’ – the trees are still standing, but there is no wildlife.

There are also concerns the trade can pose a serious threat to human health, with the transmission of anthrax, Simian Foamy Virus and TB all potential risks.

Latest figures indicate that nearly 7,500 tonnes of illegal meat products enter Britain every year, some of which is believed to be bushmeat.

We have produced a film with our partners Land Rover, which provides an insight into some of the enormous challenges faced by those in Kenya trying to bring a stop to this devastating trade. To view the film and to find out how you can help, please visit the website at

Will Travers, Born Free Foundation, chief executive