U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may protect giraffes under Endangered Species Act

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that giraffes may qualify for protection under America’s Endangered Species Act.

It follows a legal case put forward by animal rights groups.

According to the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), the United States provides a large market for giraffe parts with more than 21,400 bone carvings, 3,000 skin pieces and 3,700 hunting trophies l imported over the past decade.

Meanwhile, the giraffe population in Africa has fallen by 40 percent in the last 30 years according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Tanya Sanerib, international legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) said:

“This is a big step toward protecting giraffes from the growing use of their bones by U.S. gun and knife makers.
“It’s disgusting that it took a lawsuit to prompt the Trump administration to act. Saving everyone’s favorite long-necked animal from extinction should have been the easiest call in the world.”

The lawsuit was put forward by CBD, NRDC and The Humane Society which sought a response to their April 2017 legal petition for Endangered Species Act protection for giraffes.

The Fish and Wildlife Service has 12 months to decide whether Endangered Species Act listing is warranted.

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