A Midtown "boutique" sells coats and giraffe shoes – part of a growing trend that is growing nationwide, even as the population of the majestic mammal fades into the wild, as announced on Thursday.
More than 50 retailers in the US sell expensive shoes, dresses, knife handles and even giraffe Bible sleeves – and demand is rising, says the Humane Society report.
The organization sent covert investigators to 21 US stationary stores for control The goods – and some of them were appalling, including a pillow from an intact giraffe's face to the eyelashes that are sold for a few hundred dollars.
"You really want to squeeze every last dollar out of the cadavers of these animals," said Adam Peyman, manager of wildlife programs and operations for the Humane Society, The Post.
At Midtown Shop Anzhelas Custom Tailor Shoes and Accessories, owner Raf ael Allayev offered to make a post-reporter a $ 6,500 jacket or $ 2,500 pair of shoes out of the animal.
But when he was asked by the same reporter about the sale of items from the animal that same day, he denied it and said, "It's not illegal."
"Where do I sell giraffe? Have you seen a giraffe? ? "Said Allayev, who was also caught on video from the Humane Society with a giraffe skin in his back room.
More than 40,000 pieces of giraffe have been imported to the United States in the last decade – that's 4,000 gentle giants that are converted into salable goods were. Most came from trophy hunters, with South Africa and Zimbabwe the largest exporters. They are legal to hunt in these countries and some others but are illegal at least in Kenya.
The sale of giraffe jewelery is legal – but supporters argue that restrictions are urgently needed as their population shrinks.
There are now less than 100,000 giraffes living in the world. The animals have declined by about 40 percent since 1990.
By the middle of the century, they could have completely disappeared, say activists.
"They suffer from what experts have called a silent extinction," said Peyman. "We should not kill giraffes to handle a knife while the species decreases so dramatically."
The Humane Society fights to list giraffes as endangered species, which would impose restrictions on the import and sale of the animal.
"The idea is to take a precautionary approach and not create additional pressure from the commodification of every last part of these animals," Peyman told The Post.