Camels allowed Australians to explore and settle in the country. Instead of honoring the camel's vital role in the founding of Australia, the government's recent call for a camel cull has marked camels as nothing more than a menace.
Australia has the highest camel population of any country. The animals originally began to breed in the wild after the British introduced them to Australia from India and Pakistan in the 19th century. Now that they thrive, Australia wants to cut their numbers.
Camels became fair game in 2009 when the government decided to spend AUD$19m to eradicate at least 1/3 of the camel population. Private contractors often shoot camels dead from helicopters, leaving their remains where they fall in the desert. Needless to say, alternative approaches exist but have yet to be properly explored.
Ask Australian Feral Camel Management Project leaders to find an alternative to a mass killing of wild camels.
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