Last year, an undercover investigation by Humane Society International and Humane Society of the United States found that “nearly 4,000 giraffes killed by trophy hunters were imported into the United States over the last decade.” At least 51 dealers in the United States sell giraffe parts online and in stores, from knife handles to giraffe skins custom-made into jackets, boots, pillows and even Bible covers.

On Friday, December 13th, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law a bill introduced by Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright in the assembly and by Senator Monica Martinez in the Senate.

The law “designates giraffe and other certain species as vulnerable species and prohibits the sale of articles made from any part of a vulnerable species.” This is a huge victory for giraffes!

New York senior state director for the Humane Society of the United States, Brian Shapiro says: “This is an historic day for animal protection, and we applaud Governor Cuomo for signing this groundbreaking legislation to prohibit the sale of giraffe parts and products. New York will now lead the way for other states to follow in protecting this iconic species.”

This is an iconic step forward for the protection of this incredible species. A few months ago, CITES finally added protections for giraffes. We hope other states in the country follow New York’s lead, especially considering that the United States is driving their extinction. To learn more about that, check out Shocking Investigation Reveals How the U.S. Is Leading the Extinction of Giraffes!

Sign this petition calling on the U.S. government to protect giraffes by banning this cruel trade!

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