Australian Bushfires: More Than 10,000 camels To Be Shot Because Of This Reason
Southern Australia is currently engulfed in wildfires and relief efforts are underway to control them. And now, 10,000 camels are going to be shot as they consume too much water
In the devastating calamity that is affecting Southern Australia, a number of organizations are immersed in relief efforts to bring an end to the wildfires that have engulfed the region. It has been estimated that over one billion animals have lost their lives to the raging fires and there seems to be no end to the calamity. And now, reports have emerged which suggest that more than 10,000 camels will be shot by professional firearms experts from helicopters to prevent them from drinking too much water in the drought-afflicted region.
The culling will commence this week following an order from Aboriginal leaders in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands.Locals have complained that the animals have been entering communities and wreaking havoc as they look for any available water source, including taps and tanks. “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,’’ a board member of the APY executive said.
Further, the animals are also being culled over concerns about greenhouse gas emissions, as they emit methane equivalent to one ton of carbon dioxide per year. An increasing number of camels in the region have caused several problems. From damage to infrastructure, danger to families and communities, increased grazing pressure and critical animal welfare issues, there are a whole host of issues that come with it. In some cases, dead animals have contaminated important water sources and cultural sites. The operation to control the camel population, estimated to total 1.2 million across the country, is expected to take five days. After culling, their carcasses will be left to dry off before they are burned or buried. If culling did not take place, the camel population would double every eight to 10 years.