Around 300,000 wild pythons are harvested each year © 123RF
Around 300,000 wild pythons are harvested each year © 123RF

Fashion firm gets grip on python supply chain

28 September 2016

The controversial practice of harvesting pythons from the wild in Indonesia and Malaysia to provide leather for luxury goods can be sustainable and benefits local livelihoods.

A report by the Python Conservation Partnership (PCP), which includes the company behind Gucci and Balenciaga, found around 300,000 reticulated pythons are taken annually from the wild in Indonesia and Malaysia to supply the international trade in exotic leathers.

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