10,000 crocs starving after owner's assets frozen

A hungry crocodile chewing on a tree branch on a private farm belonging to Honduran banking magnate and crocodile farmer Jaime Rosenthal. More than 10,000 crocodiles are starving to death on the farm in the San Manuel municipality in Honduras after t
PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A hungry crocodile chewing on a tree branch on a private farm belonging to Honduran banking magnate and crocodile farmer Jaime Rosenthal. More than 10,000 crocodiles are starving to death on the farm in the San Manuel municipality in Honduras after the Rosenthal family assets were frozen because of US accusations that they were laundering money for drug traffickers. On Oct 7, the US Treasury Department said it was targeting the 79-year-old patriarch, a former vice-president of the country; his son, ex-minister Yani Rosenthal; and his nephew Yankel Rosenthal. Farm workers reportedly went on strike over unpaid wages, leaving the crocodiles to starve. A worker told Agence France-Presse 40 animals had already died.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 04, 2015, with the headline '10,000 crocs starving after owner's assets frozen'. Print Edition | Subscribe