ANS18-10-L26-FINAL-REVIEW - Part 1

ANS18-10-L26-FINAL-REVIEW - Part 1 - Exotic Hide Industry -...

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Exotic Hide Industry - Consolidation Alligator Farms = 30 (down from 120 early 1990’s) Tanneries (consolidation) Fashion Houses Hermès, Gucci and Cartier Hermès “Kelly” bag = ~ $ 18,000 alligator Hermès “Kelly” bag = ~ $ 25,000 croc (Australian)
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Global market - Variously estimated to be 500,000 to 2,000,000 skins per year Varies depending on the general Global harvest of wild crocodilians most likely at a maximum ~ 150,000 skins for all species Crocodile or caiman farming also being attempted in numerous other countries; total worldwide population of crocodilians on farms is estimated to be ~ 1,000,000 U.S. ≥ 1,300,000 World population growth would seem to ensure continued growth of the industry Potential impact of animal rights groups is uncertain
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U.S. Industry Image Marketing Sustainable – –funds generated from egg collecting encourage owners of marginal swamp land not to develop –funds to state agencies for egg collecting
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