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April 4, 2017 in Business


South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and a few other countries in East Africa (especially Kenya) are home to the biggest crocodile farms in Africa.

Haller uses up to 6,000 kilograms of food daily to feed his 40,000 crocodiles. He feeds the reptiles on animal innards from slaughter houses, cooked maize mixed with blood, meat and fish.

From Texas to Zimbabwe, PETA investigators documented the appalling conditions in which animals are raised and/or killed for “luxury” Birkin bags, belts, and watchbands. Alligators are packed in dank pools and crocodiles are crowded in barren concrete pits for months or even years before finally being slaughtered for their skins. Crocodiles have been shot as pests, poached for skins and hunted for food. “Whereas 20 years ago there may have been 15 or 20 species that were listed as endangered,” Thorbjarnarson says, “now there are really only seven, all reflecting the loss of most of their habitat.”

Several species including the gharial, Cuban crocodile, Orinco crocodile and false gharials are in danger of extinction. Rivers they live in have been damaged by pollution, overfishing and development.

While van As stuns his crocs twice, some farmers are less careful with the slaughter, Ben Williamson, a spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said in an e-mail. Everything but the Moo The multibillion-dollar meat industry profits from more than just animals’ flesh. It’s been replaced by legally managed ranching and harvesting, allowing some species to rebound. A PETA investigator documented that workers crudely hacked into the necks of some alligators and tried to scramble their brains with metal rods—all in the name of “luxury.” Some animals were still conscious, flailing and kicking, even minutes after workers tried to kill them.

A good location for a soft mesh trap is a gently sloping to flat graded bank. This area is close to the Nubian community in Wadi Khawr, the village of Karkar and the airport in Aswan, and this will help create job opportunities for the Nubians, Fahmy noted. The trap can be set on land within 5m (16ft) of the water; in shallow water up to 1m (3ft) in depth; or below the high tide mark so that as the tide comes in and the trap is semi submerged, water level should not exceed 1m (3ft) in height, otherwise there is a risk the trapped crocodile could drown.

Exotic animal skins make up almost 10 percent of the total revenue from crocodile rifle slings, belt, and handbag sales for luxury brands, at least double their share a few years ago, Ortelli estimates. The luxury accessories market was worth 57 billion euros ($77 billion) last year, according to Bain & Co.

The Egyptian government chose the area adjacent to Lake Nasser in Aswan, southern Egypt, as a location for their crocodile terrarium project. Their swamps have been drained to create more cultivated land. The byproducts of meat consumption include fat and blood that are used in livestock feed, tires, explosives, paints, and cosmetics; organs that are used in pet food; and heart valves that are used in medicine.2,3The skin of the animal is considered to be one of the most significant economic byproducts of the meatpacking industry.4

“The main change in recent crocodilian conservation has been the decline in illegal hunting for skins,” John Thorbjarnarson of the Wildlife Conservation Society, told National Geographic. This will also help create crocodile farming and export investments, which would bring in foreign currency. It needs a solid tree with a branch height of 6m (20ft) that’s capable of easily handling 400kgs (881lb) of force, within 10m (33ft) of the trap site. The incentive for luxury-goods companies, many of whom are wrestling with sluggish demand for their most widely available goods, is clear: crocodile handbags can sell for 30 times more than their bovine counterparts. This “often results in the crocodile enduring multiple blows, leading to a slow and painful death,” he said.

Southern Africa dominates the crocodile farming business on the continent.

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