Say NO to fashion brand Hermes owned Croc farm in NT caging 50,000 crocs for handbags

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The high-end Billionaire French fashion brand Hermès wants to build one of Australia’s biggest crocodile factory farms in the Northern Territory that would hold up to 50,000 saltwater crocodiles per year to be turned into goods such as handbags and shoes. Some bags costing $30,000. The farm would be one of the biggest in Australia under the plan approved by the Northern Territory government. Providing only 30 jobs but causing 50,000 Australian ancient crocs per year to be kept in tiny cages and killed for a billionaire fashion label.

TELL THE NT GOVERNMENT WE SAY NO TO CROCODILE FACTORY FARMING. 

From the moment the baby crocs hatch, farmed crocodiles are denied everything that’s natural and important to them, confined to small concrete pens, and unable to swim freely. When they’re killed, their snouts are bound and they’re electrocuted or shot and then stabbed in the neck to sever their spinal cord.

THE ISSUES 

- Animal cruelty. Crocs are very territorial which means males can not be placed together. Male crocs kept in tiny cages and boxes for their life to preserve perfect skin and light/day manipulation to trick hormones to grow faster. Living on concrete or in boxes. Injuries caused to crocs from close confinement, small individual penning arrangements, and the impacts of restraint and slaughter method. Animals are overly-restrictive and understimulating.

- More Australian farming land owned by billionaire international companies. 

- Eggs can be taken from the wild, which does not help with conservation efforts as only 1% of crocs survive in the wild due to climate change, humans and farming. 

- Breeding male placed with females in pen. Only 1 in 4 matches to breed, the other 3 are killed aggressively by male croc. 

- Wildlife experts warn that the international trade in the skins of exotic animals for luxury fashion also promotes the spread of zoonotic diseases, fuelling the risk of future pandemics like COVID-19

- Australia supporting the exotic skin fashion market which is inherently cruel. Luxury brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Chanel, HUGO BOSS, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood, and others have ditched crocodile and other skins.

It is time to invest in humane, sustainable, future-proof projects, not setting up factory farms to torment animals and create a breeding ground for new pandemics.

We are calling the Northern Territory Government to reject plans for this and any other factory farm that seeks to imprison crocodiles for fashion and further wealth for billionaire companies. Utilize tourism of crocs in nature for income for the state.