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Front. Ecol. Evol. | doi: 10.3389/fevo.2019.00280

Frameworks regulating hunting for meat in tropical countries leave the sector in the limbo

  • 1Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia
  • 2National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA), Brazil
  • 3REDEFAUNA, Brazil
  • 4independent research, Colombia
  • 5Juanita Gómez, Colombia
  • 6Federal University of Pará, Brazil
  • 7Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Italy), Italy

Despite restrictive legal frameworks, hunting for meat is a reality in tropical countries. In this policy paper, we argue that formal regulations are ill adapted to the contexts in which they should be applied and are characterized by gaps and contradictions that maintain the sector in a limbo. We use contemporary examples from Latin America and Africa described in detail in publications ranging from 2015 to 2018, to illustrate the need for legal reforms that clarify the rights to sell surplus of meat and align land tenure rights with wildlife use rights to suggest a new definition of subsistence hunting which accounts for the realities of communities from different cultural backgrounds.

Keywords: hunting, tropical count, legal framework, Wildmeat, land tenure rights, Sustainable use, Rural societies, Subsistence use

Received: 30 Jan 2019; Accepted: 09 Jul 2019.

Edited by:

Divya Karnad, Ashoka University, India

Reviewed by:

Edson Gandiwa, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe
Charlotte H. Chang, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NSF), United States  

Copyright: © 2019 van Vliet, Antunes, Constantino, Gómez, Santos and Sartoretto. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence:
Dr. Nathalie van Vliet, Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia,
Miss. Juanita Gómez, independent research, Bogotá, Colombia,