Around 10,000 feral camels residing in parts of South Australia will be professionally killed by shooters in helicopters on Wednesday in a bid to control their overwhelming numbers, according to new reports. The dramatic cull follows overwhelming complaints that the feral animals are ravaging parts of South Australia; at a time when Australia has been battling roaring bushfires (caused, in part, by climate change).
Let’s call it what it is shall we? Killed.
Reportedly, feral camels are consuming vast amounts of water as a result of the soaring temperature across in the region. According to experts, there are over 1.2 million feral camels living in Australia. Many of the camels set to be shot have migrated from dry conditions in the Nullarbor and Goldfields in search for food and water.
There are also fears that they are contributing to global warming through methane gas emissions.
Orders to cull the animals have come from Aboriginal leaders in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands (AYP). They have said that the camels are “causing havoc in local communities”.
APY executive board member Marita Baker told The Australian:
“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.”
The State Department for Environment and Water will reportedly send helicopters out tomorrow (Wednesday 8th January). The camels’ dead bodies will be burnt or buried if officials can reach them. In more remote areas, the bodies will be left. The operation is expected to take five days.
Understandably, this decision has raised a few eyebrows. Actually, that’s me putting it sickeningly lightly. Environmentalists and animal activists are among those who are furious to learn of the cull.
One Twitter user tweeted:
“#Australia Does killing them help??? We destroyed this planet and the poor camels pay for what our own hands have made!!!!”
“I request u to kindly STOP the killing and shooting of 10,000 CAMELS which will start today. They can’t be held responsible for climate change & bush-fires. Please don’t let happen the mishap. The innocent camels don’t deserve such death.”
“#Australia u KILLED HALF BILLION OF INNOCENT ANIMALS bc of your f**king politics & your assholes arsonists and NOW YOU LET KILL 10 THOUSAND CAMELS bc they drink? R U F**KING KIDDING ME? That’s what my charity donation was for? I won’t waste my money ever again! #PrayFor Australia.”
Twitter user @RobRobbEdwards said:
“Australia has the largest wild Camel population in the World.
“Camels were introduced here in the 1800’s to support explorers after they were used they were released in the wild.
“There is no excuse for this outrageous and unwarranted act of killing.”
The planned killing of these feral camels comes at a time when animal numbers across Australia have plummeted, as a result of the devastation caused by the recent bushfires. According to new information reported in The Huffington Post, over a billion animals have lost their lives as a result of the tragedy.
But, apparently a billion isn’t a dramatic enough number.
Humans strike again.
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