Target: Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete
Goal: Recover the African Giraffe population by creating stronger restrictions on poaching in Tanzania
African giraffes are nearing extinction with the current prevalence of poaching in East and Central Africa. The rates of poaching, which are higher than ever, must be mitigated by stronger regulations if the giraffe population is to have any chance of survival.
Poachers are presently slaughtering giraffes at an alarming rate due to a belief that long-necked animals’ bone marrow and meat have HIV-curing properties, a trend which began in Tanzania. Fifteen years ago Africa had about 140,000 giraffes, and now there are only about 80,000. This means the population has dropped by 40 percent in less than two decades. The giraffe has been listed as one of the species of “least concern” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature, but that certainly no longer holds true. Giraffes’ endangered classification is being reassessed next year, but something needs to be done in the meantime.
The government of Tanzania, where much of the worst poaching occurs, must enforce stricter policies and harsher punishments against poaching, and priority needs to be placed on this issue. If nothing is done, several giraffe species will become extinct in a short amount of time.
Please sign the petition below to encourage the Tanzanian government to create stricter policies against poaching to salvage the African giraffes.
Dear President Kikwete,
The African giraffe population is drastically diminishing at rapid rates due to high levels of poaching. Immediate action needs to be taken in order salvage the giraffe population.
The giraffe population has decreased 40 percent in the last 15 years. Fifteen years ago, Africa had about 140,000 giraffes, and now only about 80,000 remain. The increasing rate of poaching is due to the inaccurate belief that long-necked animals’ bone marrow and meat have HIV-curing properties.
Governments across Africa must unite to devise a plan to restore the giraffe population. Such plans should include stronger policies against poaching and stricter punishment for offenders. Please place priority on this issue. Once a species becomes extinct, a valuable part of the world is eliminated, never to be recovered.
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Photo Credit: Luca Galuzzi via Wikipedia