Appalling photos reveal lemur carnage in Madagascar [warning: graphic images]

Appalling photos reveal lemur carnage in Madagascar [warning: graphic images]
Rhett A. Butler,
August 20, 2009

As governance collapses and aid disappears, commercial poaching emerges. New pictures released by Conservation International depict a troubling development in Madagascar: the emergence of a commercial bushmeat market for lemurs.

In the aftermath of a March coup that saw Madagascar’s president replaced at gunpoint by the capital city’s mayor, Madagascar’s reserves – especially in the northern part of the country – were ravaged by illegal loggers. Armed bands, financed by foreign timber traders, went into Marojejy and Masoala national parks, harvesting valuable hardwoods including rosewood and ebonies. Without support from the central government – or international agencies that pulled aid following the coup – there was no one to stop the carnage. But now it emerges that timber wasn’t the only target.

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One Comment

  1. Anna M
    Posted August 20, 2009 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    There is nothing sacred or safe from us humans, just as I saw this the BBC online also run this story on their News headline page – further disturbing pictures I’m afraid….

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