Americans are paying hundreds of dollars at a time for bible covers, boots, and pillows made from giraffes

Business Insider | 8/24/2018 | Áine Cain
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Giraffe parts are being imported into the US "to be made into expensive pillows, boots, knife handles, bible covers and other trinkets," according to a New York Times report.

The sale of giraffe parts is completely legal in the US.

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That's despite the fact that giraffe populations are currently on the decline, according to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

Giraffe parts are streaming into the US, where they're used to make everything from fancy boots to bible covers, according to a report from The New York Times.

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And the imports aren't part of some illicit trade: The sale of giraffe parts is legal in the US.

According to the report, a Humane Society of the United States investigator found "bible covers selling for $400 and equally expensive boots" made from giraffe parts on the market.

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The New York Times also reported that the Humane Society of the United States found that the US was flooded with over 40,000 giraffe parts from 2006 to 2015. The parts were fashioned into "expensive pillows, boots, knife handles, bible covers and other trinkets," according to the report.

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