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Giraffes are on the Verge of Being Extinct Because of Trophy Hunting
Trophy hunting, the recreational killing is the major cause of taking giraffes to the verge of extinction. US has lift the ban on trophy hunting making the specie more venerable.

Trophy Hunting has a major role in the ‘silent extinction’ of giraffes. The tallest animal in the world can be next on the list to go extinct, due to trophy hunting by wealthy westerners. 

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( The specie is next on the line to be extinct. (Source: Pixabay)

The US has recently lifted the ban on trophy hunting for a number of animals which included, giraffes, lions and elephants. This order has provoked serious threats for the graceful, long-necked creatures.

Trophy hunting is defined as ‘the recreational killing of wild animals for ornaments.’ Hunters keep the animal, or part of the animal, so they can display their success with pride.

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US is the largest importer of Trophy Hunting items. (Source: Pixabay)

The world has recently witnessed the death of the last male Northern White Rhino, Sudan, who took his last breath in Kenya.

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A caregiver calms Sudan, the last known male of the northern white rhinoceros subspecies, on December 5, 2016, at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Laikipia County (Source: AFP / Tony KARUMBA)

Since 1985, the population of giraffes had dropped to 40% in the sub-Saharan part of Africa. Recreational killing of these animals have been the major cause of the constant decline in the last few decades.

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According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, (IUCN) in 1985, almost 110,000 were said to be extinct, but in 2015 it came down to 68,000 and the numbers have been declining ever since.

The conservationists have stood up for the protection of these creatures. They formally requested the government of United States of America to place giraffes under the list of endangered animals in order to protect them from extinction.

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In order to save them, the conservationists are certain that steps like these will help giraffes from following a silent extinction.

Related: Final Photograph of Last Male Northern White Rhino, Sudan, Shows a Wildlife Ranger Comforting Him As He Dies

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(Source: Pixabay)

The Guardian reported data gathered by the conservationists which confirmed that America is the largest importer of trophy hunting items, which includes, 21,402 bone carvings and 3008 hides. There were also reports of around 3700 giraffes killed by trophy hunters.

Jeff Flocken, North America regional director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said, “When I was doing research on giraffes in Kenya a few years ago, they were quite abundant and no one questioned that they were doing well. Only recently have we looked at them critically and seen this huge drop, which has been a shock to the conservation community. This is an iconic animal and it’s in deep trouble.”

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(Source: Pixabay)

Environmental groups have also raised their concern over the silent extinction of the species. They filed a legal petition for the US Fish and Wildlife service to protect giraffes as an endangered species.

Reportedly, if the petition gets approved, there will be a ban on American hunters who bring back trophy hunting items back home from Africa.

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(Source: Pixabay)

Related: The Eastern Puma Has Officially Been Pronounced Extinct!

Meanwhile, Tanzania has the highest population of African lions in the world, as a number of wealthy Americans visit Africa to hunt animals.

The country made $75million between 2008 and 2011 from hunting permits. According to reports, this money was later invested to protect Tanzania’s wildlife.


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