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    Just to show off this beautiful Elephant hide in Chocolate brown, here's one of my Small Journal Covers. This stuff is exquisite!


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    Elephant hide.... no thanks
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    When I was stationed in Thailand I had a pair of boots made out of elephant hide, they lasted 12 years before they finally wore out.
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    how are the import/export laws on elephant hide? I always assumed the entire animal was off limits...

    is it sourced renewably? are there elephant "farms" or how do they harvest it???

    just curious...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DingBat View Post
    how are the import/export laws on elephant hide? I always assumed the entire animal was off limits...

    is it sourced renewably? are there elephant "farms" or how do they harvest it???

    just curious...
    It depends on the country; in 1974 when I was stationed in Thailand elephant hides and ivory were legal to export. I think the U S has a total ban on the importation of ivory now.
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    I have elephant boots as well. Tough as hell to break-in but practically impossible to wear-out. My Eco-conscious wife suggested that I wasn't being a responsible earthling by wearing the hide of a magnificent animal. I left an ace unplayed & said nothing when she worn her fox coat out to dinner. She noticed me noticing and said "this is different, 'cause it's COLD".
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    Quote Originally Posted by DingBat View Post
    how are the import/export laws on elephant hide? I always assumed the entire animal was off limits...

    is it sourced renewably? are there elephant "farms" or how do they harvest it???

    just curious...
    Yes it's absolutely legal and like most /all [legal] hunting, it's actually BETTER for the species when done responsibly. People who outright reject the use of a hide because they think it's harmful to the species, simply don't understand wildlife preservation.

    The source of all African elephant skins come from culls once the elephant heard reaches destructive numbers to African tribes and nature. Its very similar to our deer season in the United States. Without culling, African tribes would loose their homes and possibly become trampled to death. Designers, manufactures, and leather enthusiasts should not feel emotional or have guilt for using this leather as we are not creating a demand rather using a by product. We deal with reputable international partners who abide by all regulations and we never sell poached hides.

    I've had similar questions raised to the use of horse. However, horses are not permitted to be raised to slaughter, like cattle. Instead their bodies are used upon natural death, which is more environmentally responsible than burying thousands of dead 2 ton animals because we don't want to use their meat/hide/skins/etc. Using their bodies is much better for the entire Eco system.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SCXDm9 View Post
    Elephant hide.... no thanks
    You're missing out!


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    I have elephant hide cowboy boots. It was a pain breaking them in, but they will outlast me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    I have elephant boots as well. Tough as hell to break-in but practically impossible to wear-out. My Eco-conscious wife suggested that I wasn't being a responsible earthling by wearing the hide of a magnificent animal. I left an ace unplayed & said nothing when she worn her fox coat out to dinner. She noticed me noticing and said "this is different, 'cause it's COLD".
    Good work on picking your battles (even tho she was wrong :/ )


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    I love stingray , i had a wallet that last 10 yrs. until the threads and piping came un-done . This elephant hide look great can you use this skin as an pocket holster or even a OWB ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by welder516 View Post
    I love stingray , i had a wallet that last 10 yrs. until the threads and piping came un-done . This elephant hide look great can you use this skin as an pocket holster or even a OWB ??
    Yes it can be used on any holster in my lineup.

    The holsters start at $165 and the journal cover pictured here is $125, all with free shipping.


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    Yes, the import/export ban on ivory is still in effect.
    Any elephant hide coming into the U.S. these days is legal & tagged and would be from documented culled herd populations.
    It is an unfortunate necessity but, the money from the sale of the hide usually goes toward paying the salary/expenses of the people hired to protect elephant populations from Ivory poachers who just wantonly slaughter elephant.
    So it would be OK to purchase legally imported elephant hide products.
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