VOELEN is committed to using sustainably farmed Louisiana alligators. The use of alligator leather has direct ecological benefits to the conservation of alligators, their environment, and the thousands of species that live with them in the wetlands.
Wildlife biologists, the United Nations Environment Program, ecologists, and conservation experts worldwide have recognized and praised the alligator industry as the premier sustainable conservation model benefiting the earth and all its inhabitants.
Each alligator skin used in producing VOELEN alligator leather watch straps is CITES tagged, guaranteeing that it is part of a sustainable use program.
What is CITES?
CITES stands for the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species. It is an international agreement between governments whose goal is to ensure that commercial trade in specimens of animals and plants does not threaten them with extinction.
Typically, commercially traded wildlife species are not endangered. The CITES agreement was put in place to ensure the sustainability of trade in wildlife to ensure these natural resources for future generations.
Why is CITES regulating American alligators since they are not an endangered species?
American alligators are not an endangered or threatened species, but CITES controls them since they resemble species of endangered alligators or crocodiles.
To learn more about American alligator sustainability, visit the Louisiana Alligator Advisory Council.