Charles Edison

"Economics, politics, and personalities are often inseparable." - Charles Edison

Thursday, September 8, 2011

20-Foot Crocs are Just Tradition

The Manila region of the southern Philippines is home to some of the largest saltwater crocodiles on the planet. This past week a 20-foot, 2,370 pound crocodile was captured out of the fear from a local village. Crocodile hunting is a big role in this traditional system as the hunters laid their traps, caught the croc, and then transported back to the village. A classic example of hunting and gathering that has been taught down through the generations in this Filipino village. Although today these crocodiles are on the endangered species list and are not allowed to be hunted without permission for reasons such as fear or humans getting eaten. This is strange to think that crocodiles have so much power and force in this part of the world because in the U.S.'s mixed economic system either the government or the people out of competition would have devised some way of ultimately controlling these crocodiles.

The demand for one of these crocodiles is most likely very high in this Filipino village because of how much meat the crocodile produces. As the Filipino village mayor said the whole town showed up like it was a 'feast'. Also producing such large findings of these crocodiles may attract people to come to the Filipino village. The more people coming to the village, the more money is coming to the village, and one day maybe advancing the Filipino village into a more complex economic system.


Smith said...

Where they just capturing the croc or where they going to eat it?

Matt said...

I would eat the croc but that's just me. The more demand of killing theses crocs will bring in a lot more hunters and will make the village more money, but what will happen when all the crocs are gone and when the village has spent all the money it just made? The village will need to find a new way of getting in more revenue to keep the village alive and well.

Alex S. said...

The article never clearly stated whether or not they were going to eat the crocodile. From the sound of the village mayor though I bet they were going to eat it. Also they were capturing it because a child had been eaten by one not to long before while fishing. Matt, I think the introduction of technology would greatly help this traditional economic system and increase their ability to hunt food. Also I believe you have to obtain some type of warrant to hunt these crocodiles as they are an endangered species.