Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Wild Alligator eggs used to stock farms

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is helping support the skin trade by collecting eggs from wild alligators nests, according to an article published last week by the AP. Scientists with the FWC help collect up to 40,000 eggs for 30 farmers, who pay about $12 an egg. The farmers then sell the hides and meat of the alligators. The article notes that "[t]he stress of captivity keeps female gators from laying enough eggs to sustain a farm, so the collections are needed to keep the business going." A similar article at News-press notes that the alligator farming is not sustainable without taking eggs from the wild.

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