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Hunting, sale and consumption of bushmeat killed by lead-based ammunition in Benin

Abstract : Human consumption of animal meat killed by lead ammunition has been reported as a risk factor for elevated blood lead levels. However, little is known about how meat killed by lead ammunition is hunted, prepared, sold, and consumed. We explored the process from hunting to consumption within communities in Benin from the perspective of preventive measures. We conducted 38 semi-structured interviews with hunters ( = 9) and sellers ( = 8) of bushmeat and families ( = 21) as consumers of bushmeat killed by lead ammunition. Data were transcribed, translated, and coded for analysis. We conducted content analysis to identify and describe key themes and processes from hunting to consumption. Many hunters ( = 7/9) used lead-based ammunition. After the meat is hunted, market sellers often buy it directly from the hunters. Amongst the hunters and sellers, few ( = 4/17) acknowledged removing the meat impacted by lead shot prior to sale. Many families ( = 15/21) mentioned consumption of the hunted bushmeat. The meat is cooked before sharing with children. Many families ( = 19/21) mentioned they look for the remains of the lead shot or remove the meat impacted by the shot. The finding suggests that hunting, sale and consumption of bushmeat killed by lead ammunition are well-known practices in Allada, Benin. The bushmeat often hunted illegally with lead shot is sold in the markets and eventually consumed by families who attempt to clean the meat impacted by the lead shot before cooking it.
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Shukrullah Ahmadi, Suzanne Maman, Romeo Zoumenou, Achille Massougbodji, Michel Cot, et al.. Hunting, sale and consumption of bushmeat killed by lead-based ammunition in Benin. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, MDPI, 2018, 15 (6), pp.1140. ⟨10.3390/ijerph15061140⟩. ⟨hal-01863033⟩



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