19 Apr '17, 4am

Endangered Species Act Could Prevent Giraffe's Extinction

Endangered Species Act Could Prevent Giraffe's Extinction

It would be hard to picture an African landscape without giraffes. But sadly, that future may be a reality: The tallest land mammals in the world are headed towards extinction. Giraffe populations have declined almost 40% over the last 30 years , mostly because of hunting for bushmeat, habitat destruction and fragmentation, and the international trade in giraffe bone carvings and hunting trophies. That’s why, conservation groups—NRDC, along with the Center for Biological Diversity, Humane Society International, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare—today petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help protect giraffes by listing them as Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Such a listing would have several important benefits for giraffes. For example, it would: Ban most imports of giraffe parts into the U.S. and limit exports. This is critical si...

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