National Geographic : 2005 Sep
Dried on the bone, raffia-tiedbundles of illegal bush meat feed a brisk demand in Lusaka. Traders buy the meat from poachers and deliver it directly to regular customers in the capital city. Like shoppers in wealthy countries who pay extra for meat from free-range, organically raised animals, many urban Zambians prefer wild meat-which shows status and respect for tradition-to that of domestic livestock. Penalties for buying and selling poached game are harsh, but enforcement is difficult. Wild meat also enters the food supply legally from game ranches, licensed hunting, harvests on communal lands, and culling of problem animals.