People Are Still Eating Bushmeat, Spreading Disease


macrumors member
Original poster
Dec 29, 2011
oklahoma city
Well, it turns out people are still smuggling bushmeat—you know, tropical wild game like MONKEYS and BATS—into the country through JFK, and guess what? It's still dangerous to eat! Because it can spread diseases! And even if they're not deadly right now, they might be soon! Because it's happened before, with bushmeat and AIDS! Everybody freak out!

This potentially terrifying news comes courtesy of a new study called "Zoonotic Viruses Associated with Illegally Imported Wildlife Products," which tested animal parts—from baboons, chimpanzees, rats and more—confiscated by customs officials at JFK. Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Museum of Natural History found evidence of simian foamy viruses and two types of herpes viruses in the parts, which, while not dangerous to humans on their own, show the potential to evolve into the next global pandemic. “Diseases such as HIV, Ebola, swine flu, avian flu and monkey pox all originated in wildlife," WCS researcher Dr. Denise McAloose said. "We don't know where the next disease like that might occur."

And, just to freak you out further, the study notes that 75 percent of emerging infectious diseases affecting people originate from contact with wildlife. So stop eating monkeys and maybe leave the squirrels and giant rats alone, okay?


macrumors G3
Feb 26, 2011
New England, USA
OK, no more monkey burgers. Geez, and they were my favorite,too.

And you mean I have to give up bat meat, and those tasty giant rat steaks??!!:eek:

What am I going to eat now. All that stuff was the major part of my diet. If I have to give those goodies up, I'll probably starve to death.

Oh. well, there's always that delicious road kill possum in my freezer.

:rolleyes: :p


macrumors 601
Mar 4, 2005
.. London ..
Little Miss Bushmeat better git down the STD clinic and get herself tested pretty damn quick.

Sure it's nice to be eaten, we all like it, but a lady's gotta think of her reputation y'know?


macrumors 6502
Mar 8, 2004
lol classic.

While I'm not against game animals (Venicent is yummy) a little intelligence is necessary. Personally I wouldn't eat game that wasn't taken by someone I trust (i.e. someone who isn't going to take a Deer with obvious or just barely discernible Chronic Wasting Disease).


macrumors 601
Mar 4, 2005
.. London ..
While I'm not against game animals (Venicent is yummy) a little intelligence is necessary.
Poor Venicent, I knew him well. Still, you are right, he was a fool, and not fully suited to eating. Though t'were better he were eaten now, then eaten later, when foolness is magnified upon age's foolhardiness.

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