Wildlife trade mitigation
Shifting an identity of consumption, to an identity of pride in Sulawesi's wildlife
- One of the key threats to the Yaki and many other endangered species in Sulawesi is the hunting, trade and consumption of the macaques as bushmeat. It is crucial that efforts are made to lobby government to pass local, meaningful laws whilst fostering social norms shaming the selling and eating of endangered species and breaking the habit of consumption of bushmeat.
It is one of SY’s primary aims to shift an identity among the local Minahasan people from that as consumers of wildlife, to that of people who are proud of the special wildlife only found here. This is a major challenge, involving a long-term effort at establishing policy instruments and enhancing law enforcement, but also spreading a culture of care among the local people, and breaking down previous habits and practices which encourage these threats.