Australia considers crocodile safari hunting

A saltwater crocodile.

A saltwater crocodile. Image by Bernard DUPONT / CC BY-SA 2.0

A new tourism option is being considered in Australia’s Northern Territory: the trophy hunting of  large dangerous saltwater crocodiles. At present around 600 crocodiles are shot under permit in the Northern Territory each year because they pose a threat to people and livestock. The government believes that Aboriginal communities should be able to sell a number of those permits to cashed-up hunters who are expected to pay between $20,000 to $30,000 to kill a four to five metre-long crocodile, and thus bring much-needed money into impoverished remote Aboriginal communities.

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