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Oct 11

The Legal Issues Regarding The Use Of Crocodile Leather In Shoe Manufacturing

UK Wholesale Shoesindustry projects mammoth prospects for manufacturers of quality leather shoes. The price of a good pair of leather boots is higher in the UK then it is anywhere else in the world. This alone has been a major enticing fact for the illegal smuggling of animal skins, especially those of exotic animals like crocodiles and snakes, or more specifically pythons and anacondas. South American and African region in general and Amazonian areas in particular have become the hub of such illegal activities of hunters who would go to any extent in order to get some quick bucks.

While there are laws against animal killings in South American and African countries like Brazil, Puerto Rico etc but the government has not been able to curb the practice. The illegal hunters, who are already armed and lethal, have so far been able to not only evade capture but also stay one step ahead of their governments. This obviously has been made possible with the help of outsiders who, driven by the high demand of exotic leather, have plunged into this dangerous but very lucrative wholesale business as well. Foreign help has created further problems for governments of such countries and for them, catching the perpetrator have become even harder.

The UK, among many other places in Europe, has a ferocious appetite for leather bags, belts, leather studded wrist bands and other accessories. While the UK is the first country in the world to pass animal right laws, it has not been able to help African and South American countries combat animal rights violations on their soil. As far as the local wholesale shoes UK manufacturing industry is concerned, the use of illegally smuggled leather has not been fully contained either. Despite the strict laws in the UK, local manufacturers have feed the steady demand for crocodile and anaconda leather shoes.

Other than the legal issues, the animal rights groups in the UK also have been vocal against the use of exotic animal skins in product manufacturing. Daunted both by the law and such animal right groups, wholesalers and manufacturers resorted to innovative methods to meet the local demands. The creation of synthetic crocodile and anaconda leather has been one step towards meeting these demands without having to rely on the supplies of illegal animal hides. While it has been marketed widely, the response it gathered has not been as per the expectations. In the end, gist of the matter is that the illegally smuggling skin of exotic animals can only be stopped if and when people stop using their products.

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