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Toads' missed opportunity

G Magazine

Did you know that cane toad leather products sold in Australia are not made from Australian cane toads?

Cane-toad

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Many who buy hats, handbags, keyrings and other cane toad paraphernalia assume their souvenirs are made from the critters wreaking havoc on Australian ecosystems.

However, with no processing plant for cane toad products in Australia they're made using leather imported, mostly from the Philippines, or sometimes Indonesia.

When G approached the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, a
spokesperson told us “the exploration and development of markets for cane toads and by-products is a matter for the relevant industries and individual entrepreneurs.”

Although the Australian government does not see the need to develop the underlying infrastructure required to
support cane toad-based industries here, late last year, the Ted Noffs Foundation said it was a “missed opportunity” that they could not source the leather in their fund-raising sneakers from Australian cane toads.