The illegal trade in live apes, ape meat and body parts occurs across all ape range states and poses a significant and growing threat to the long-term survival of wild ape populations worldwide. What was once a purely subsistence and cultural activity, now encompasses a global multi-million-dollar trade run by sophisticated trans-boundary criminal networks. The challenge lies in teasing apart the complex and interrelated factors that drive the ape trade, while implementing strategies that do not exacerbate inequality. This volume of State of the Apes brings together original research and analysis with topical case studies and emerging best practices, to further the ape conservation agenda around killing, capture and trade.
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Part I. Infrastructure Development and Ape Conservation:
1. The impact of killing, capture and trade on apes and their habitat
2. Understanding and responding to cultural drivers of the ape trade
3. Socioeconomics and the trade in ape meat and parts
4. Drivers of the illegal trade in live apes
5. Curbing the illegal killing, capture and trade in apes: responses at source
6. Protecting apes: the legal and regulatory environment
Part II. The Status and Welfare of Great Apes and Gibbons:
7. The status of apes: a foundation for systematic, evidence-based conservation
8. The campaign for nonhuman rights and the status of captive apes
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