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Hermès Opens Australian Farm With 50,000 Alligators for Luxury Goods: Attracting controversy from animal welfare groups.
have all already adopted animal welfare policies against using exotic skins. “It seems foolish to be investing in an industry that is no longer fashionable.”
Dr. Jed Goodfellow at the RSPCA in Australia also condemned killing any animals “where the purpose of their death is primarily to produce a non-essential luxury item like fur or skin,” and that such intense conditions at an alligator farm would raise a range of risks, “including injuries from close confinement, small individual penning arrangements, and the impacts of restraint and slaughter methods.”
On the other side, however, the chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s crocodile specialist group Professor Grahame Webb says that fashion brands like Hermès actually contribute to the conservation efforts in the area.
“[Those companies] have to get more and more control over their supply chain so that they can guarantee the highest standards,” he said to the
. “Hermès is a very conservative company – it’s them trying to do the right thing. Australia has an excellent reputation for its crocodile management program worldwide.” Webb also noted that harvesting eggs from the wild was sustainable, and the number of wild saltwater crocodiles is now “healthy and stable.”
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