Protect Giraffes Under The Endangered Species Act

Between 2006 and 2015, U.S. trophy hunters imported 3,744 giraffe hunting trophies – that's an average of more than one giraffe trophy per day.

This cruel and senseless trade is driving giraffes to extinction. There has been an unmistakable and severe decline in the giraffe population that amounts to a loss of nearly 40 percent over the last 30 years. 

As the largest importer of hunting trophies in the world and a major importer of giraffe bone to use in knife handles, the United States has played a major role in the decline of giraffe populations.

Currently, no U.S. or international law protects giraffes against over-exploitation from trade in trophies, skins, or bones. That's why the Humane Society of the United States and other organizations are petitioning the Department of the Interior seeking "endangered" status for all giraffes under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

An "endangered" listing would give giraffes the highest level of protection, resulting in a near-total restriction on U.S. imports and sales.

Trophy hunters, bush meat poachers, bone traders, wildlife traffickers (for bones, hides, and tails), and consumers are driving giraffes to extinction. As a global leader in conservation, the United States must act now to save these gentle giants.

Sign the petition today and urge the United States Department of Interior to grant giraffes protection under the Endangered Species Act before it is too late.
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