If you had the chance to go trophy crocodile hunting in Australia, would you?
Soon, if you have $20,000 to $30,000 just burning a hole in your pocket, and you also have the funds on hand to get you to Australia, you may be able to buy a license to go trophy crocodile hunting.
Of course, this is according to Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion, who believes affluent trophy hunters from around the world will line up at the chance to tag a 15-foot saltwater crocodile.
Under Scullion’s plan, 20 of around 600 crocodile permits issued every year in the Northern Territory, would go to cash-strapped communities largely consisting of Aboriginals.
Currently, these permits are only issued to residents when crocodiles become threatening, dangerous, a nuisance, or are necessary for consumption. Typically the Aborigines handle the situation themselves.
“I think it’s time that our first Australians can get a bite of the economic bullet,” Scullion said in this report regarding issuing trophy crocodile hunting permits.
These trophy crocodile hunting safaris will open up Aboriginal villages to outside tourism, but according to Joe Morrison, the chief executive of the Northern Land Council that assists Aboriginal communities across parts of northern Australia, not all communities would want outsiders in their villages.
To experience the culture, artwork, food, and overall society of these remote Aboriginal villages, near where the giant saltwater crocodiles live, would be worth the price of the crocodile tag alone for many.