United States and Giraffe Luxury Products

  December 27, 2020   News ID 1302
United States and Giraffe Luxury Products
Luxury products made of giraffe in United States are now the main concern of the wild life activists. These products are tempting the poachers to kill the beautiful giant beast whose population on earth is dwindling.

Giraffe populations have declined by around 40 per cent since 1985, with fewer than 100,000 adults left in the wild. It has been called a “silent extinction” by experts as the drop in numbers has gone largely unnoticed. Now a number of environmental groups are calling on one of the world’s biggest importers of giraffes to ban them from being traded.

Habitat loss, civil unrest in the areas where they live and poaching are some of the driving factors behind the decline in giraffe populations. International trade in bone carvings, skins and trophies from hunting, however, is also a problem. Until last year, no international regulations existed to monitor the trade of giraffes.

The US is one of the world’s biggest importers of giraffe parts and on average more than one giraffe hunting trophy is brought into the country every day. Many imported parts are turned into decorative items such as bible covers, shoes, or jackets.

“The United States has an important role to play in preventing extinction of these magnificent creatures, as the top importer of giraffe trophies, and as many Americans import giraffe parts -including bones and skins - to sell them for commercial purposes in the U.S.,” said Adam Peyman, wildlife programmes director for Human Society International (HSI).

HSI is part of a coalition of conservation and animal protection groups that are planning legal action against the Trump administration to speed up protections for giraffes (Source: Euronews).

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