Sierra Leone tackles illegal Chimpanzee trade?

From July 2007, it was declared illegal to capture and/or kill Chimpanzees in Sierra Leone by their Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Marine Rescources. One month’s grace has been given to current captive chimp owners to surrender them voluntarily before legal action is taken.

Sierra Leone has been a major exporter of Chimpanzees since the 1960s, and unfortunately this carried on unchecked under the black market well after they were declared an Endangered Species in the 1970s. So will this new law be enforced enough to make a difference? Or is it just another lipservice move by another corrupt goverment regime?


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