A Forestry Commission inspector chatting with market women while surrounded by illegal deliveries of bushbuck, duiker and wild pig at Atwemonom, the main bushmeat market in Kumasi, Ghana on 7 September 2016. A hunting ban was in effect, with grasscutters (greater cane rats) being the only legal quarry, but no action was taken and these deliveries were not recorded in his official logbook. One was noted on a separate scrap of paper together with an estimated value; for the others, false entries of grasscutters were logged.
Ghana’s bushmeat trade is estimated to be worth £105 million a year. Given a lack of current empirical data, it is hard to know how many wild animals are being killed to satisfy this demand, but between hunting and habitat loss it is clear that wildlife populations are declining precipitously. One estimate, now dated, posits that Ghana’s wildlife biomass has declined by three-quarters since the 1970s.