Dr. Heard: Inside Australian crocodile farming

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Australia has a new plan to manage its growing crocodile population, but not everyone is a fan. Late last month, officials in the Northern Territory released an updated saltwater crocodile management plan, the culmination of months of public comments and consultation with experts. But stakeholders are still split down the middle. Part of the controversy stems from crocodile farms, the facilities responsible for propping up the industry of crocodile leather goods sold by luxury purveyors like Hermes. Another point of contention: whether the culls set out in the new policy (which also shifts maximum egg and live animal takes to quotas) are really necessary, or even beneficial.

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