Did you know that like dogs, crocodiles can learn their own name and pant when they're hot? They also have a variety of noises to communicate with each other. Just like other animals they can express affection, and experience joy, fear and suffering. Yet, if the NT's plans go ahead, crocs will suffer painful injuries and cruel deaths across the NT.
It turns out crocs are quick learners! Not only that, they've been known to swallow rocks to help them dive deeper. BUT they'll need more than their smarts and a few rocks to protect them if an NT govt plan gets the go-ahead. In the top end, they're wanting to trial crocodile hunting safaris.
When most Aussies think of safaris, they think of a unique chance to get close to wildlife in their natural environment. A chance to take amazing photos and see animals they'll be able to tell their mates about for years afterwards. Not many would have in mind the idea to join in the slaughter of one of our nation's most famous native animals.
If the plan goes ahead, the lives of 50 saltwater crocodiles would basically be sold to the highest bidder for 'thrill kills', every year. By allowing amateur hunters to slaughter crocs - there is a very real risk that crocs will be maimed and suffer terribly before dying. This is a cruel fate for these magnificent reptiles who - like any other animal - can experience joy, fear and suffering.
This plan will do nothing for conservation - it really is just a money making scheme at the expense of animals. Australia already cops a bad rap overseas for the large-scale killing of our other native animals. Allowing the 'safari hunting' of crocodiles would only reinforce the idea that our native animals are there to be shot at rather than admired.
Crocs might not be the cutest or cuddliest of animals, but they don't deserve to be injured and killed for kicks. A little kindness never hurt anyone. In fact the amazing story of the caring Costa Rican, the injured croc he rescued and their lifelong friendship shows that even crocs can appreciate kindness.
You can be kind to crocs too and help stop this awful plan before it even starts! Add your name to our campaign to tell the Government not to allow 'safari hunts' of crocodiles in the NT.