Baboon Meat Sold Along Major Highways – UWA

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In short
UWA Executive Director Andrew Seguya says that traders in highway markets and bus stops, especially those neighboring game reserves, are selling baboon meat and dead wildlife. Seguya observes that recent investigations have shown that baboons and calves are being sold as game meat.

Most of the roasted meat sold to travelers along major highways in the country is baboon meat, disguised as game meat, the Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA has warned.

UWA Executive Director Andrew Seguya says that traders in highway markets and bus stops, especially those neighboring game reserves, are selling baboon meat and dead wildlife. Seguya observes that recent investigations have shown that baboons and calves are being sold as game meat.

Seguya states that because game meat is expensive and prestigious, the traders have found a way of making baboon meat look like game meat by covering it with cow blood before they roast it. According to Seguya the baboons are dangerous for human life.
 
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He states that UWA is now putting together resources to ensure that a fully-fledged forensic department is established.

He states that with this, meat can be examined in raw, roast of cooked state adding that this would save Ugandans the risk of acquiring diseases that can be transferred from baboons to humans.
 
 
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Seguya adds that whoever is arresting selling baboon meat shall be prosecuted adding that a few people have already been arrested.

Dr Okidi Ochora, a Veterinary Doctor states that although medically there is no proven danger resulting from eating baboon meat, it is psychologically tormenting to learn that you ate baboon instead of beef, goat or game meat.

lthough baboon and monkey meat are a delicacy in Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic, primatologists have previously warned that their consumption could be threatening to the existence of humans.

There have been instances where diseases have been reported to have jumped from primates to humans. Such diseases, according to scientists, include HIV and Ebola.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

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A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.