LIVE CITES: Chapter Animals wants to save giraffes

Since the creation of Chapter Animals, we have continued to denounce the decline of giraffes. The giraffe dies slowly but surely, and in the utmost silence. Hunted for its meat, superstitions, trophies ... For these bones, its hair, its skin... All the elements are gathered so that giraffes become the new favorite targets of hunters or poachers once elephants, rhinoceros, lions and hippos disappeared. During this CITES Cop18, it is high time to give a protection status to this species, which has seen its population disappear by 40% since 1 985...




From 17 to 28 August, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is taking place in Geneva. The opportunity for Chapter Animals to write to you live our expectations and the results of requests from various countries participating in this convention. One of the most awaited votes is that for the status of the giraffe. If its decline is silent and the giraffe is often set aside by elephants or rhinos, its conservation status is now threatened. Some subspecies of giraffes have even lost up to 90% of their population.

Following the fall of the species, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Central African Republic, Senegal and Chad have made a common proposal, that of listing giraffe on CITES Appendix II. Recall that in recent years, giraffe populations have disappeared from many countries, such as Senegal, but also from Nigeria or Guinea. If the listing in Appendix II does not allow for the prohibition of hunting, it will nevertheless allow you to monitor this very closely, to impose quotas and to monitor trophy hunts. Captures for captivity will still be allowed, but this time again, monitored and controlled. This proposal is supported by the 32 member countries of the African Elephant Coalition (including Rwanda, Republic of Congo, Kenya and Côte d'Ivoire, to name a few), preferring to register the giraffe on Annex II - its population not being sufficiently basic to be on Annex I - to leave it within the grasp of a dark future.

Subspecies of giraffes, particularly in Sudan and Ethiopia, lost 97% of their population, while in Central Africa giraffe declined by 85%. Fascinating numbers, so for the giraffe of Nubia and Kordofan. When we know the trophy figures, exported only in the United States, it is therefore more than urgent that the giraffe hunt is controlled. Today, it is possible to hunt the giraffe, for trophies or just for the pleasure of killing, in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia or Zimbabwe while Kenya, Chad or Niger forbid it. . A giraffe hunt costs, on average, $ 3,000 - or 2,700 euros. And it is very quickly profitable.

Our two-year investigation reveals that giraffe leather can be resold up to $ 400 (355 €) per piece. It will then be used to make bags, belts or purses. A foot of giraffe costs $ 70 (€ 62), while a cousin real giraffe skin will sell at least $ 180 (€ 160). According to the Humane Society, nearly 40,000 pieces made from giraffe were imported to the United States between 2006 and 2014. In recent years, the import of giraffe trophies (also called head) is possible on the American territory.

Because of their size, it is possible that accidents with men can happen. Thus, it is not uncommon for the governments of the countries to demand the regulation of the animal where the slaughter when an individual approaches a little too close to the villages. Yet this species is relatively peaceful with humans. In addition, the giraffe is a victim of stupid belief. His meat would protect against the HIV virus and his tail, in Congo, must be offered to the father of the bride.

Remember also that unlike lions, elephants or other endangered species, there is no proper sanctuary to protect giraffes. The latter being relatively few in captivity, and its traffic of individuals living few, the giraffe has no real place of peace. Chapter Animals, very involved on the African continent, will soon propose realistic solutions.

EDIT: Good news! The giraffe is listed on CITES Appendix II. Its protection was supported by 106 routes, against 21 and 7 abstentions. This time, and unlike elephants, France has gone in the direction of protecting the species. On the other hand, the proposal was rejected by Namibia, Botswana, Eswatini, Tanzania, Zimbabwe or South Africa.