Royal Oak Tribune

Crocodile farmers want trade restrictio­ns relaxed


SRI RACHA, THAILAND >> Crocodile farmers in Thailand are suggesting a novel approach to saving the country’s dwindling number of endangered wild crocodiles. They want to relax regulation­s on cross-border trade of the reptiles and their parts to boost demand for products made from ones raised in captivity. With only about 100 Siamese crocodiles estimated to be living in the wild in Thailand, the species is technicall­y teetering on local extinction. Crocodile farmers, meanwhile, are raising millions of the animals in captivity, but also not faring so well. The coronaviru­s pandemic devastated sales of their products due to an almost complete halt in the lucrative market of visiting tourists.

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