U.S. could soon list giraffes as an endangered species

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Published: May. 1, 2019 at 1:52 PM EDT
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

(CNN) -- The United States is considering adding giraffes to the Endangered Species List as giraffe populations have plummeted in recent decades.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said last week it is planning a review to determine whether the animal should be added to the list for protection.

The conversation follows a petition created and signed by conservation groups in 2017.

According to the petition, giraffes are dying due to poaching, legal sport hunting, drought, and loss of habitat.

one conservation group estimates giraffe populations fell by as much as 40% over the last 30 years.

The National Rifle Association Hunters' Leadership Forum is against listing giraffes as endangered.

Safari Club International is also opposed, saying the listing would cut revenue that can be used for habitat protection and anti-poaching efforts.

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