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It is estimated that there are at least 80 crocodile farms in South Africa. Some of these farms hold over 20 000 crocodiles in captivity.
Crocodiles are bred, intensively reared and killed ostensibly for their skins. Their skins are processed and tanned and used to make leather goods such as shoes, belts and handbags; crocodile meat is also considered a delicacy, mostly in Asia.
In an effort to provide superb quality skins and maximum quantities to the European market, there is a move in South Africa for crocodiles to be reared in single or unitised pens. Some of these pens are small and shorter than a crocodile’s full length. They do not facilitate movement or stretching. The pens provide no shelter, have minimum water depth and are covered with a wired roof dome. Keeping crocodiles in this manner ensures that their skins are not damaged in the rearing process and that maximum profit is achieved.
Crocodiles are not solitary predators but social creatures. The males also respond to distress calls of their young. Both male and female crocodiles maintain territories, especially during breeding season.
Keeping these social creatures in single pens is a cruel practice and is strongly opposed by the NSPCA.
We call on you to support the NSPCA in preventing single pen crocodile farming from becoming an accepted practice in South Africa.