Interesting material though. Â I've seen biker boots made of the hide. Â Originally posted by VersaceMan:
That would be crazy if they were real elephant hide...for some reason I thought it was illegal to harvest leather/tusks from elephants. Â Perhaps there are farm-raised animals that make it legal?
I believe the website said that these were government confiscated hides. Â Also, they do regular culling of elephants in some parts of Africa, and the meat/skins are sold.
That makes sense. So, not only could you tell people that you're wearing elephant boots, you could say that they were from a poached
elephant. A few yahoo searches turned up some elephant hunting sites, and sites that book elephant hunting trips. Sport hunting is legal (thought I believe you need special permits), but I bet that if you want to harvest them for commercial purposes you need special permission or need to farm-raise them.