SARCA has rolled out extensive capacity development workshops throughout the Southeast, which have trained stakeholders working in the reptile skin trade on how to capture, transport, keep, and euthanize reptiles in a humane manner.
Although most processing facilities in Southeast Asia were already practicing correct techniques, a major focus of SARCA’s animal welfare workshops has been to ensure proper implementation of the OIE Standard for Humane Killing of Reptiles. SARCA’s workshops have involved both classroom theory sessions as well as a hands-on practical demonstration of techniques to help optimize animal welfare outcomes for reptiles. These workshops are held in local languages with the support of internationally recognized reptile welfare experts. To date, SARCA has trained more than one thousand reptile skin supply chain personnel in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.