Lawsuit Alleges Government Has Failed to Protect Giraffes

The Center for Biological Diversity, Humane Society of the United States, and Humane Society International have sued the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for disregarding its legal obligation to conduct a 12-month review for determination of whether the agency will add giraffes to the Endangered Species List. In 2016, Plaintiffs petitioned FWS to add giraffes to the Endangered Species List, and FWS issued a long-overdue 90-day finding in 2019 that listing may be warranted. The complaint claims that since that determination, the agency has failed to continue its legally mandated review process, and plaintiffs now seek declaratory and injunctive relief for FWS to complete a 12-month review.