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Old 10-22-03, 12:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Would u wear an aligator or croc skin product?

I was wondering if anyone here would have a problem wearing a product (like a jacket or shoes) made out of aligator or crocodile skin?

I initially thought I would have a problem with it but when I thought about it rationally I wasn't too sure anymore. Their leather would come from a farmed animal... the animal is not wasted from what I understand as the meat is sold for consumption. Aligator and croc farms have actually helped the wild population from becoming endangered or extinct. So in a wierd way if you support the aligator farm then are you not helping support the conservation of the species?

I would not wear anything made from snake skin or monitor skin as I know these are not farmed but caught from the wild for their skin and this trade really hurts their wild population.

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I would not, but then again, I am a vegan & don't wear or use any animal products. To me, every animal has a right to live a good life. Being farmed and then killed for leather and food is not a good life, to me. Just my opinion.

Note: I DO NOT look down on people for eating meat or wearing leather. I just personally don't do it.
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Would I have a problem wearing FARMED alligator skin? No. But I would tend to think the more people who wear farmed skin, the more the demand for the skin goes up causing poaching in the long run....maybe....i dunno....

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I don't think the demand would go that high... its pretty expensive stuff.
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Well Ivory is expensive too but look at what happened to elephants.

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yeah but I don't think elephants are as easily farmed
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I wouldn't not wear it because I think that most of it is kinda ugly. But I wear leather and as long as I am sure it is a farmed product then I really wouldn't have a problem with it other then the ugly factor.

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Ugly???

This looks wicked! lol
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It could be an imatation pattern
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could be. Imitation would be cheaper (more affordable for me). i wonder where I can get one
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I wouldn't have a problem wearing farmed Alligator skin.......I wouldn't have a problem eating farmed alligator meat either.......actually it is really good!

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Old 10-22-03, 03:40 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Would I have a problem wearing FARMED alligator skin? No. But I would tend to think the more people who wear farmed skin, the more the demand for the skin goes up causing poaching in the long run....maybe....i dunno..
That's how I feel too.
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I truely beleive that if demand would go down, poaching would lessen, or stop.

If no one bought the stuff, poachers wouldn't' have anywhere to sell their product to.

So, no I wouldn't wear it.

Now if we had a big alligator, and it died, I might make it into one of those spiffy jackets.

But I guess if people saw me wearing one, everyone would want one, and poaching would run rampant.

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I think in a ideal reptile lovers world it would be best if there was no demand for any reptile meat or skin.. but I don't think we are ever going to get that so I think farming is the only real working solution (combined with strict regulations so poached animal products don't come into the market.. I believe they are pretty tough with this already).
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I would, someone is going to buy it either way, and If i like it, why not let that person be me? If the seller were to be like 'Yeah ill Kill this Gator so you can wear its skin" the answer would be no.
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