Australia plans to kill 650,000 camels and turn them into burgers to control population
The Australian government is considering a proposal to allow marksmen to wipe out thousands of camels in the country’s remote outback.
According to Sky News, snipers will gun down 650,000 of the feral population from helicopters and officials are planning to turn many of them into tasty treats such as burgers.
Poor creatures. I’ve eaten some stuff that would scare the buzzards off a gut wagon, but I would never eat camel burgers! Never! Where are those PETA whackos when they could actually be useful?
Folks in the land down under imported camels about 170 years ago to help explorers travel through the desert. There are an estimated one million of these animals in the countryside, and the population doubles every nine years. They compete with livestock for food, trample vegetation and scare people by destroying water pipes and bathrooms in search of water.
Last month, the federal government set aside £9.5m ($16 million) for a program to help slash the population.
Is it necessary to shoot them? Some people are saying that’s the way to keep the numbers under control but I’m sure there are better means. How about relocation? We would love to have more camels here in the Philippines.
Camel exporter Paddy McHugh said: “What happens in 15 years when the numbers come back again? Do we waste another £9.5m?”
What do you think?