Celebrating voices for saltwater crocodiles
Thank you for being a vital part of our submission for the Government review of the outdated Code of Practice that informs saltwater crocodile farming operations.
Image credit: Australian saltwater crocodile. Credit: Zoe Ezzy / Shutterstock
With your support, we were 1,844 voices strong for Aussie crocodiles as we submitted our recommendations to the Government during the public consultation process of the Code of Practice review. The Code governs every aspect of saltwater crocodile farming operations, from the egg collection to the slaughter of our native reptiles.
Your support played a critical role in urging decision-makers to consider meeting modern animal welfare standards and expectations based on the Five Domains Model of Animal Welfare and recognise crocodiles are sentient animals that can experience positive and negative emotional states.
Ben Pearson, Country Director, World Animal Protection ANZ, said:
The crocodile farming industry is inherently cruel. But unfortunately, thousands of crocodiles find themselves on these farms every year and we want to ensure they have the best lives possible.
We want the revised Code to consider the latest research in animal welfare, recognise the ability of crocodiles to feel complex emotions and prohibit the use of individual pens that are currently used in the months leading up to slaughter.
Crocodiles are sentient beings who don't deserve to languish in plastic-lined pens for the profits of French fashion houses like Hermès.
Together, we celebrated this important step in highlighting the cruelty of crocodile farming by co-hosting the Skin Deep documentary premiere with Defend the Wild.
‘Skin Deep’ Premiere & Panel Discussion
Your support for crocodiles extended beyond the consultation process as you helped us co-host the premiere of Skin Deep, an eye-opening documentary about the inner struggles of Donny Imberlong, a Jaru man living on the traditional lands of the Miriwoong Gajerrong people, with a deep love for crocodiles but who worked on a crocodile farm.
The documentary shone a light on the current mindset that sees farming crocodiles promoted as a way of conserving them and exposes the industry for what it is: profit-driven animal cruelty.
The premiere was followed by an insightful panel discussion with Imberlong whose story features in the documentary, our allies from Defend the Wild and Collective Fashion Justice, and World Animal Protection.
The discussion helped educate the public about the horrific cruelty involved in crocodile farming and the urgent need for a transition towards a wildlife-free future in fashion.
Together, we can give saltwater crocodiles a life free from pain and suffering, in the wild where they belong. A life worth living.