5 Thousand Wild Camels Killed in Australia ‘Due To Drought’
5 Thousand Wild Camels Killed in Australia ‘Due To Drought’ As many as 5,000 wild camels have been killed by gunfire from helicopters due to drought in Australia’s South.
The local administration of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) region, where local aboriginal people live, said the camel culling launched on Sunday lasted five days and completed on Thursday.
The APY local government decided to cull camels and wild horses, citing drought in the region, despite reactions from animal rights activists.
The local government of APY decided to cull camels and wild horses, citing the drought in the region, despite the reactions of animal rights defenders.
Marita Baker, one of APY’s board members, said: “We were trapped under an incredible heat. We couldn’t even get out. Camels were everywhere. They even drank water from the air conditioners. The streets were full of camels. We were concerned about the safety of our children.”
A statement from the Australian government on the killing of camels said: “culling has been applied as the last option. During the operation, the animals were made not to suffer, “ he said.
Camel Population Over 1 Million
Camels are not an endemic living species of Australia. The population of camels brought to the continent by the British in the 19th century to cross the deserts of Australia has been on the rise in recent years.
The South Australian Environment and Water administration had also said increasing numbers of camels were beginning to damage the region’s natural vegetation.
The total number of wild camels in Australia is estimated to be over 1 million.
Animal rights campaigners accuse the government and Local Government of failing to try different solutions.