Humans are on track to eating into extinction hundreds of terrestrial mammal species in the world, according to a new study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. The study, which is the first global assessment of the effects of illegal hunting on land mammals, highlights “not only the importance of mammals for ecosystem functioning, but for ecosystem services to humans,” the researchers said.After analyzing data collected by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the authors of the study concluded that 301 species — including 126 primates, 65 ungulates such as deer and wild pigs, and 27 bats — are primarily at risk from bushmeat hunting. This number represents nearly 26 percent of all mammals for which data exist to determine whether they are endangered.
I saw the picture and it made me want to cry. I’m so disgusted by human’s capacity to consume meat of any sort. It’s heartbreaking.