Philippine Crocodile Abattoir Sells Reptile Skin to Louis Vuitton; Are Politicos’ Skin Included? (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

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The JK Mercado and Sons Agricultural Enterprises (JKMSAE) opened on Wednesday in Kapalong, Davao del Norte, the only crocodile abattoir in Mindanao. Vicente Mercado, chairman of the board of JKMSAE, said besides Louis Vuitton, other branded bag makers would also buy the croc skin from them, although he did not name the other buyers. The slaughterhouse would source the skin from the local saltwater crocodile, known as the Crocodylus porosus, which is also bred in JKMSAE’s 10-hectare farm. The company has 6,000 reptiles, consisting of the saltwater species, which they breed for trade, and the Crocodylus mindorensis species which they raise for conservation. To ensure that the abattoir, which would slaughter at least 24 crocs a day, would meet global standards based on regulations of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the animals to be culled would be hit by an electric stunner and then would cut the coil and check the croc’s brain to ensure it is dead. The farm, in turn, will sell the crocodile meat in the local market. The farm is registered with CITES and open to tourists who want to learn more about the crocodile industry in the Philippines. Mr Mercado said the farm is also into conservation of the crocs for ecological balance. Philippine waters have a large number of the saltwater crocodile. In 2011, the world’s largest crocodile, later named Lolong, was captured in the province of Agusan del Sur.

Louis Vuitton series sets off as America’s Cup drama begins

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There’s also a palette of exquisite colors, all with French names. While I love color, when it comes to this bag, I want it to be forever and go with everything: Noir. And crocodile. Step three: The lining. There is goat and lambskin. I choose a dark green called Vert Foret in lamb (which is softer and slightly Louis Vuitton Purses more expensive). Step four: The hardware.

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Come July 4, Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa from Italy and Swedish squad Artemis Racing will compete to decide who challenges defending champions Oracle in the Americas Cup in September. The oldest sporting trophy in the world, the Americas Cup is a race run and dictated by the wealthiest men in the world. The competitions former yachting magnates include tea drinker Sir Thomas Lipton, English aviation pioneer Sir Thomas Sopwith, Harold Vanderbilt and CNN founder Ted Turner. Australian entrepreneur Alan Bonds money helped snatch the Cup from American control 24 years ago. Current defending team Oracle is named for billionaire owner Larry Ellisons tech organisation, Oracle Corporation, and Forbes estimates Ellisons wealth at $US43billion ($46.82billion), ranking him behind only Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in the United States. Torbjorn Tornqvist, an accomplished helmsman and director of Gunvor Group, the fourth-largest crude oil trader in the world, owns Artemis Racing. Luna Rossa belongs to Prada chief executive (and husband of Miuccia), Patrizio Bertelli. Funding could run dry Team New Zealand is the only team owned by a trust. It receives finance from New Zealand companies as well as the government and if it doesnt win this year its funding is likely to dry up.

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