Stop the Extinction of Giraffes

Target: Jim Kurth, Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Recognize giraffes as an endangered species.

Did you know Africa’s giraffe population has plunged by nearly 40 percent in just three decades? Giraffes across the continent are dying out at unprecedented rates, mostly due to habitat loss and poaching. Surprisingly though, these amazing animals aren’t recognized as an endangered species by the U.S. government.

A group of environmental organizations are seeking to change this. The Center for Biological Diversity, Humane Society International, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare and Natural Resources Defense Council have all issued a joint statement calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to acknowledge giraffes as an endangered species. At first glance, this might seem like an odd move. After all, how much can the U.S. really do to protect giraffes? According to the joint statement, there’s actually a lot we could be doing here in the U.S. to reduce the economic demand for giraffe products, while also better regulating animals in captivity across the country.

“The [U.S. Fish and Wildlife] Service has a duty to protect the iconic giraffe by listing the species as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act, which would meaningfully contribute to giraffe conservation by strictly regulating the import, export, and interstate commerce in giraffes and their parts and products,” the joint statement read.

Giraffes are among the most unique animals on the planet, and we all need to do our part in protecting them. If you agree the threat to giraffes should finally be recognized in the U.S., then please sign this petition.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Kurth,

The giraffe is one of Africa’s most beloved animals. Sadly, it’s also one of the continent’s most threatened species, with populations declining by nearly 40 percent in the past 30 years. This cannot continue, and we can all play a role in protecting these animals.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can do its part by officially recognizing giraffes as an endangered species. This would allow giraffes to finally receive federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Under this legislation, the interstate sale of giraffes and giraffe products would be put under stricter regulation. Environmental advocates argue this would meaningfully contribute to the fight to save giraffes, and bring renewed public attention to the dire plight of these precious animals. We therefore urge you to endorse the listing of giraffes as a endangered species.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Alexas Photos

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3 Comments

  1. Giraffes need to be listed as endangered so they can receive the protections they need.

  2. barbara diaz says:

    MY GOD. THESE ARE SOME OF THE MOST GENTLE, PEACEFUL, SERENE ANIMALS ON THE PLANET. IT IS CRIMINAL AND IMMORAL AND SINFUL THAT WE ARE KILLING THEM.

  3. MUST PUT THE GIRAFFES ON THE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST TO SAVE THEM NOW.

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