About 1,000 alligator hatchlings are produced each year in alligator farms in the US, most of them to be harvested for their skin.
Statistics related to the alligator farming industry can be misleading; though the number of alligator farms in the US has declined in recent decades, the sale of hides has increased. Between 1991 and 2005, the number of active farms in the United States dropped from 120 to 30. The few operations that remain are very large and manage an enormous hide output; the number of hides sold rose from 6,000 in 1985 to 1.3 million in 2005. The industry thrives at the alligator’s expense because it remains incredibly lucrative: total sales of alligator hides reached $33 million in 2005.
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