Monday, June 18, 2012
Sydney.- Australian authorities are evaluating the possibility of organizing safaris for hunting crocodiles, as part of the actions taken to promote tourism.
These estuary animals, which get to grow to seven meters and weigh around 1000 kilograms, are protected at a national level.
Public opinion polling will be carried out to pass the proposal which establishes an annual quota of about 50 crocodiles, thus ensuring the creation of jobs for the indigenous population.
Meanwhile, ecologists stated that the initiative would endanger the species, since before the 1970’s there were only about 3,000 crocodiles in the estuary.
Australia has several crocodile farms that sell meat to domestic restaurants; and the skin is sold the fashion industry in the country.