Tourist trophy hunters are paying thousands of dollars to go to countries in Africa and shoot giraffes with high-powered guns and bows, just for sport.
Slaughtering giraffes? Those beloved gentle giants?
Tourists Paying Up To $15,000 For The Chance To Kill A Giraffe
From The Daily Mail:
Hunters pay up to a whopping £10,000 for the the chance to slay them – preferring bulls because they are the biggest.
Safari clubs and game reserves ask for a £1,500 trophy fee, and then add on rates for guides and trackers costing around £1,000 per day.
The hunts typically last three-to-five days and see tourists using .458 Winchester Magnum rifles to kill the animals.
With most hunters flying to Africa from their homes in Europe or America, the costs stretch into five figures.
By clicking here, you can see photos of big-spending men and women from around the world, who have traveled all those thousands of miles to kill giraffes for sport. Some hunters come from Britain but the big majority are from North America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia.
Is that what they want? A photo to show off at home, proof that they’ve killed an animal that puts up no resistance? Or the ability to take the skin home or get taxidermists to mount the heads so they can be shown off as trophies?
The hunting continues even though numbers of the animals are plummeting. The latest statistics show the number of giraffes in the world have nearly halved since 1988 from over 140,000 to less than 80,000.
Giraffes Already Extinct In Some Countries
In other words, these animals are near extinction. In fact they are no longer found in countries like Nigeria, Mali and Angola.
Dr. Julian Fennessy founded Giraffe Conservation Foundation, (GCF), which is dedicated to the conservation and management of giraffe with a particular emphasis on field-based research and collaborative partnerships with governments, non-government organisations and individuals. Every penny of money donated to GCF is put towards this end, with particular focus on the three sub-species which are endangered or seriously in decline – the West African giraffe, Rothschild’s giraffe and the reticulated giraffe.
Let’s hope the GCF can work fast enough to protect plenty of giraffes from needless trophy hunting. And how exactly can anyone be proud of killing a giraffe?
Photo Credit: Hunting Legends Africa