Hmmmmm...not liking the idea of stunning the poor things!
DAVAO CITY – The first and only crocodile slaughterhouse in Mindanao finally started operation Wednesday in the town of Kapalong, Davao del Norte, with the skins to be sold to luxury bag maker Louis Vuitton.
Vicente Mercado, chairman of the board of J.K. Mercado and Sons Agricultural Enterprises, Inc. (JKMSAE) that owns the crocodile farm and slaughterhouse, said that other premium bag makers also buy the skins that they get from the slaughtered saltwater crocodiles or the Crocodylus porosus species.
Quality crocodile skin commands a very high price and is said to be sold per centimeter.
Located in Barangay New Katipunan in Kapalong, the 10-hectare JKMSAE farm breeds over 6,000 crocodiles both for conservation (Crocodylus mindorensis species) and trade purposes.
The crocodile slaughterhouse is considered to be the most modern and second largest in the country.
Mercado said that the JKMSAE slaughters at least 24 crocodiles a day.
The reptiles first undergo an electric stunner and the coil is cut before their brains are picked to make sure that the crocodiles are dead.
Mercado said that while the skin is sold to luxury bag makers, the crocodile meat, on the other hand, is sold in the local market and made into delicacies.
Mercado stressed that crocodiles are very important to eco-balance for the productivity of wetlands, hence the farm is also into conservation efforts.
International trade in crocodile pelts is regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which serves to “regulate trade in listed species, including hybrids and captive-bred specimens, through a system of permits and certificates.”
There are only three crocodile farms in the country that are said to be registered with CITES.
The JKMSAE crocodile farm is open to tourists and other visitors who want to learn more about the crocodile industry.
I come from a generation where Supermodels existed and every fashion house wanted them. Today, I see more celebrities than models that rule these ads. So, I was truly happy to see the collection of ladies Carolyn Murphy, Gisele Bündchen, Isabeli Fontana, and Karen Elson posing for Louis Vuitton's Fall Winter advertisement this year. Shot by Steven Meisel I really LVoe it!
Hmmm...I'm not entirely sure of the Blush Speedy 25. I should have something against the use of fur in fashion because of Piolo and Bentley but it's not that. I do LVoe Speedy interpretations but I'm very much on the fence on this and I don't know why. Definitely not an everyday purse. What do you guys think?
I know I'm a little late with this but in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Louis Vuitton Cup as a qualifier to the America's Cup Yacht Race, a special Neverfull GM has been released in line with the pop-up shop in San Francisco Bay America's Cup Village Pier 27/29. The Union Square store has them as well and apparently there are two versions, one without the pier numbers. There are several items too like sandals and a beach towel...The bag retails for $1430 and is available until September 21 at the culmination of the race. I've read that the stores are only allowed to sell 5 units per day so that stocks will last until September. Sigh...those San Francisco residents are truly lucky. LVoe it!!!
EEEKKKKK!!! I am such a sucker for contrast piping and this limited edition SC Bag is practically killing me. Designed exclusively by Sofia for her favored Parisian department store, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, I have always LVoed her timeless interpretation of the Speedy. To top it all off, the press photos feature hydrangeas, flowers that I have come to LVoe ever since I moved to the US.
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