Australia: the crocodile mafia expands

A French fashion house has teamed up with Northern Territorian (NT) Mick Burns to buy a former garden farm near Darwin that will be building Australia’s largest crocodile farm.

The Northern Territory’s crocodile farming industry (NT) will be given a major boost with the finalization of a land deal outside Darwin where a $40 million development is planned.

Important points:

-The proposed farm will house up to 50,000 saltwater crocodiles and was purchased for $ 7.25 million
-During full production, 30 people will be employed on the farm
-Hermès and Louis Vuitton control most of the NT crocodile farms and prefer Australian saltwater crocodiles

PRI Farming – ultimately controlled by French high fashion label Hermès – has bought The Sweet Life, a former melon and banana farm in Lambells Lagoon, for $ 7.25 million.

The Lambells Lagoon fruit and vegetable farm.

A veteran of the NT crocodile farming industry, Mick Burns, is the director of PRI Farming along with three French nationals who are also directors of Hermès.

The company plans to build a facility for 50,000 saltwater crocodiles to be raised for skin and meat products.
The stated development costs amount to around 40 million US dollars.
The proposed crocodile farm is said to be Australia’s largest crocodile farm.

If Burns’ plan is carried out, it will increase the number of crocodiles bred in the NT by 50 percent.

Hermès’ crocodile leather handbags can sell for over $ 30,000. (Supplied: Mario Anzuoni / REUTERS)


French fashion labels Hermès and Louis Vuitton own or control the vast majority of crocodile farms in the NT.

“They look for the crocodile eggs in the Northern Territory, raise them on their own farms – according to their own standards – and these standards are very high because the skin of the animals must not be damaged so that a very high-quality product can be made from it,” explains Geoff McClure, a crocodile farm advisor, to “ABC”.

Both Hermès and Louis Vuitton tend not to put their crocodile farm holdings in the spotlight – none of their websites mention they are in the industry.

“ABC” Rural believes that crocodile farmers who have been bought up by luxury brands often do not need to talk about sales through nondisclosure agreements.

According to McClure, Hermès, and Louis Vuitton like Australian saltwater crocodiles because they have “more scales per unit area on their stomach” (!!!)

“The NT was traditionally the home of crocodile breeding due to climatic factors – it’s warmer there,” he said.

“In the NT the egg harvest is well established … and the number of eggs that can be removed under license is increasing. Hence, there is some certainty about the consistency of egg supply that you will not get in Queensland or Western Australia.

In 2018/2019, over 24,600 crocodile skins were exported from the NT, according to the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), with the industry valued at $ 26.7 million for the NT economy.

This means high income for the Australian region, as it is a growing industry that is also interesting for tourists, the report said.

Mick Burns, the director of PRI Farming declined ABC Rural’s request for comment.


And I mean…That the human species completely disrupts the natural order is undeniable – the depth and scope of our crimes are unpredictable and incalculable.

We would therefore like to thank the pandemics for intervening and perhaps achieving what we are currently unable to do – namely, weakening or even stopping the crimes of the most dangerous and vicious predators.

My best regards to all, Venus

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