Giraffes on the Edge of Extinction Due to American Trophy Hunting

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The population of giraffe in sub-Saharan Africa saw a confusing drop of 40% in the last 30 years. Mostly it is caused by trophy hunting coming from America.

With only 97,500 of the tallest and gorgeous animals in the world remaining, now conservationists insist that the government of the United States should officially put giraffes in the list of endangered species so to prevent the silent and fast extinction.

Trophy Hunting

Over the last ten years, the Americans have imported about 21,402 carvings on the bone of giraffe, 3,008 pieces of skin, and an additional 3,744 varied hunting trophies. All these are souvenirs that cost the lives of 3,700 giraffes.

Internet Bragging

Images that the trophy hunters shared on the Internet were the thing that made people refocus on the protection of these long-necked graceful creatures.

For example, in August, there was a picture of a little girl hunter at the age of 12 holding the slumped head of one dead giraffe. That picture caused a firestorm on social media platforms.

This photo horrified a lot of environmentalists. However, some  Americans also applauded about the hobby of the young girl. Since that time, the girl gained more than 50,000 followers on social media.

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12-year-old Aryanna Gourdin and the giraffe she killed on a trip to Africa.

Governmental Regulation

The environmentalists are urging that there is a necessity of governmental regulation.

Masha Kalinina, a specialist at Humane Society, said that right now, there is no international or US law that is protecting this animal for extinction. This is the time to make some changes. Being the biggest trophies importer, the leading role of the USA in the decreasing number of giraffes is undeniable. So, she said, they have to do their part to protect them.

Last year in April, five groups have joined together to file one legal petition with the Fish and Wildlife Service of the United States to afford giraffes the classification of endangered species. The organization has 90 days to respond, even though the affording status process may take more than one year.

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