More Than 10,000 Camels to be Shot in Australia Because They Drink Too Much Water

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Some indigenous leaders gave their go-ahead for a massive cull of 10,000 feral camels in remote South Australia

The camels are drinking too much water as wildfires continue to ravage the country. In simple terms, it’s beyond stupidity!

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More than 10,000 feral camels will be killed in Australia because they drink too much water. Picture via Facebook.

Aboriginal leaders in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara, a drought-ravaged part of South Australia, have given their green light for an army of shooters to take to the skies in helicopters to cull up to 10,000 feral camels.

The mass killing has started last Wednesday and should prevent feral camels to cause havoc in local communities, looking for scarce water.

Residents there say the camels have been encroaching on their properties in search of rehydration.

We have been stuck in stinking hot and uncomfortable conditions, feeling unwell, because the camels are coming in and knocking down fences, getting in around the houses and trying to get to water through air-conditioners.’’

Camels were brought to Australia in the 19th century. Since then the population has boomed to about 1.2 million million.

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The growing population of feral camels in Australia. They are now 1.2 million. Map by Australia State of Environment Report 2016

This has resulted in significant damage to infrastructure, danger to families and communities, increased grazing pressure across the APY Lands and critical animal welfare issues as some camels die of thirst or trample each other to access water. In some cases, dead animals have contaminated important water sources and cultural sites.

The latest cullings took place between 2009 and 2013, during which more than 160,000 feral camels in Central Australia were killed. Meanwhile, disastrous wildfires continue to burn across the continent. They have killed more than 23 people and almost a billion animals. Get similar headlines on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. [News, WExaminer]

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Are camels good to eat? If they are, I’d be happy to buy some wild camel meat, and do my part to resist this ecological catastrophe.

    • Apparently they are. They are sometimes roasted whole at Bedouin wedding feasts, stuffed with whole goats, fowl, etc.

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