The Australian fire tragedy continues to grow. Millions of hectares devastated by flames leave an image of tremendous desolation. Specialists estimate that more than 500 million animals died from the heat, burns and lack of food caused by the disappearance of vegetation. Koalas, iconic animals of these lands, star in unlikely scenes as they approach human beings crying out for a drink of water. Y in the middle of so much death, the authorities have taken a decision that sparked criticism from many animal rights protection associations. The shooting (yes, shooting!) Of 10,000 wild camels was ordered in Australia.
This savage decision is condemned worldwide because the fires in Australia are reflected by all the press on the planet. But it's actually not the first time something like this has happened.
When the extreme dry season arrives in Australia, the authorities again target - literally - against the camels without owners in the region. The excuse to exterminate them savagely and without mercy is that they consume too much water and they eat native vegetation. And the only plan that comes to mind for those who decide, it seems, is the worst of all: to kill more animals. To add spectacularity to the carnage, the bloody crime will be carried out by snipers from helicopters. The operation will last a total of five days.
- Problem with no solution
- Killing for an ecological issue: the excuse against camels in Australia
- Why are there so many abandoned camels in Australia?
Problem with no solution
The problem of wild camels is constant in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara region, northwest of the state of South Australia.
As regularly happens, thousands of animals leave the arid areas in which they normally live to desperately searching for water in human-inhabited areas.
In an official statement from the authorities on Facebook, the mass murder is justified because camel groups cause harm and risks to people's safety. It is that animals, in their desperate search for water, invade farms and small towns.
“Some camels die of thirst or trample themselves to access water. In some cases, dead animals have contaminated important water sources and cultural sites, "he clarified. the Australian Department of Environment and Water.
Killing for an ecological issue: the excuse against camels in Australia
To answer the criticism of the animalists, the Council of Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara released another statement to justify this sacrifice of camels as an economic benefit and a measure against climate change.
"Getting rid of wild camels is a way to curb greenhouse gas emissions ", says the official text, which states that these bighorn camels emit an average of one ton of carbon dioxide per year.
"The wild camels they double their population every nine years, emitting more greenhouse gases that worsen climate change, "said Tim Moore, head of agricultural emissions company RegenCo..
“One million wild camels emitting a ton of carbon dioxide a year is the equivalent of having 400,000 more vehicles on the roads ", compared.
Why are there so many abandoned camels in Australia?
Camels are considered a plague in Australia. It is that it is a foreign species that reproduced without control and now governments cannot control them. But it is unfortunate that the only solution is cruel gunfire.
In 2008 it was estimated that the wild camel population had reached a million heads. At that time, experts estimated that in a decade they could reach two million. Therefore, it was established that this species was threatening the environment and native species. The only solution that was taken was criminal: carry out a selective elimination program to reduce the population. Five years later, the bighorn camels cyesterday up to 300,000 due to extermination.
Camels are hoofed animals native to the dry and desert areas of Asia. The first camels to arrive in Australia were imported in 1860 by expedition members Robert O ’Hara Burke and William John Wills. In total there were 24 animals of this species in that expedition, which was the first carried out by non-native people of the continent (19 men) through the interior of Australia.
In the following years, around 15,000 camels along with their handlers arrived in Australia to serve as transportation through the arid terrain. Most of the camels that arrived in the 19th century were dromedaries from India.
With the advent of technological progress, starting in 1930 animals were replaced by cars for moving through the sands of the Australian outback.
It was then when, by not obtaining an economic return for his property, camel drivers began to abandon their animals. Once free, the camels adapted very well to the Australian habitat and multiplied like maroons.
In fact, Australia is the only country in the world where there are maroon herds of camels. And, curiously, in this country lives the only herd of dromedaries that show wild behavior in the wild..
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Eric Jones says
06/15/2020 at 6:37 pm
What a good articleAnswer