People will never stop wearing animals. So I believe the farms were opened in hopes that at least they may purchase skins from animals meant for this, and not poach them. Not sure if this logic is correct or not, but something is helping alligators and crocs make comebacks in small ways.
Personally I find animal print clothing to be out of date, scary looking, and tacky. Especially boots made from snake skin or alligator skin. *shudder*