this item sure enlightened me, I had thought it was rare, and usually in NON 1st world countries.http://www.alternet.org/food/145668/endangered_species_on_the_grill...
And parts of many wild creatures are sold as alleged medicine: Bear
bile, for example, is popular in Asian communities among those who
claim it cures liver and stomach problems. A man was charged in Seattle
last month with illegally killing six black bears and trafficking in
their parts; during an earlier seizure, the same man was caught in
possession of 18 dried bears' gallbladders. But in a country that
naturally overflows with good (and legal) food, including some of the
world's premier meats, business is nonetheless booming in prohibited
flesh, much of it from endangered species
. And the dirty little secret
behind this trade -- that is, besides mad-cow disease -- is the fact
that ethnic communities are its biggest customers.
"We see bushmeat coming into the U.S. illegally to feed demand from
expatriate African communities," says the WWF's Leigh Henry. Antelope
and cane rat are common, "but occasionally species of greater
conservation concern are imported as well, including great apes."
Grilled gorilla -- in America?
"This meat travels across borders very freely," Peterson says. "Yes,
ape meat is illegal everywhere, and yes, lots and lots and lots of
local laws make it illegal, but nobody pays attention to them. I'm
amazed at how little the global bushmeat trade has become common
knowledge. But there's a strong resistance to talking about it, because
it could easily seem racist -- blaming the Africans for what they eat.
It's a delicate subject ... but I do think we have the right to say,
'Stop doing this. We live in the modern world now.'"