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The national representatives at an international wildlife conference to be held in Geneva voted Friday to protect the giraffes as an endangered species, and for the first time, drawing praise from environmentalists and protest from a number of sub-Saharan African countries.
The vote by the signatories to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) at the World wide Conference paves the way for the measure is likely to be approved by the plenary session of the following week.
The plan was to regulate the international trade in giraffe parts-including skins, bones, wood, and meat — but that is stopped by an outright ban. It is passed down 106-21, with seven abstentions.
Giraffe in the Kriger National Park, South Africa. A wildlife panel to be moved to protect the giraffes as an endangered species on Thursday.
The Wildlife Conservation Society, said she was concerned about the threats, including drought, illegal killings and trade in giraffe, parts of the body, all of which have led to a decline in the population. One of the important African conservationist, who said more security would be able to help reverse that trend, as the move would help track the numbers of giraffes.
“The giraffe [people] have experienced more than a 40 percent decline over the past 30 years, said Maina, Philip Muruthi, the African Wildlife Foundation. “If this trend continues, it means that we were on the road to ruin.”
However, not all African countries were on board.
“We don’t see a reason as to why we should support this decision, because in the north of the country with a stable and growing population of giraffes,” said Maurus Msuha, director of wildlife for the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. “More than 50 percent of the giraffe population in the Serengeti ecosystem, which is very well protected. Why, then, do we have to deal with this?”
HE AND ADMINISTRATION TO OVERHAUL ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, AND IN BED, AND TO CUT RED TAPE
The meeting in Geneva came out after the Trumpet, the administration also announced earlier this month plans to roll back parts of the US Endangered Species Act, a landmark law that protects hundreds of species of plants and animals, including the bald eagle.
Many Republicans have argued that the law was too broad.
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As part of the proposed changes, the officials would have been able to get the public to attach costs to save an animal or a plant, and for the first time, and in terms of protection for the creatures are only listed as threatened, it would have to be removed.
On Wednesday, more than a half-dozen environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the Trump of the administration to stop the change.
Fox News ‘Andrew O’ Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.