The “silent extinction.” That’s what conservationists are calling the rapid — but unremarked upon — disappearance of the world’s last giraffes. Right now, there are more elephants on earth than giraffes, which is shocking since this other species is also in danger. In just one generation, almost 40% of giraffes have been lost, and fewer than 100,000 remain in the wild. The two biggest reasons behind this dire situation are poaching and habitat loss due to human construction. Additionally, giraffes are being killed off to become meat as well as blood-soaked trinkets.
According to the Humane Society, over the last decade, more than 4,000 giraffe trophies have been imported into the U.S. Their body parts are turned into jackets, boots, pillows, and knife handles and then sold online for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Luckily, some lawmakers are taking action. New York became the first state in the U.S. to ban the sale of giraffe products, which is huge for the protection of this endangered species. Now we need other states to follow suit! Sign the petition to tell every state government in the U.S. to ban sales on products made from giraffe bodies and other vulnerable species!