We’re eating our closest relatives, and their meat could kill us

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We’re eating our closest relatives, and their meat could kill us

Tons of chimp meat are making their way to the West, creating a platform for 'the next big pandemic'

Helena Horton

Chimpanzee meat is being served as a delicacy at British weddings and sold as “bush meat” on market stalls, it has emerged.

The UK’s Border Force is under pressure to introduce DNA testing to identify the meat at customs and stop imports.

Dr Ben Garrod, a leading primate scientist, has said he was told by customs officials just weeks ago that a ton of bush meat from West Africa had been confiscated on a flight bound for the US. The meat was also routinely smuggled into Europe and the UK, he said...

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