In a bizarre solution to tackle droughts and global warming Australia is planning to shoot as many as 10,000 camels in South Australia. Yes, you heard it right. A country that has been saving animals from havoc amidst Australian bushfires will now intentionally kill them.
A country, known for animal preservation, will shot a huge chunk of its Feral camel population to save the drought-ravaged region. The order to cull the animals was passed by Aboriginal leaders in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands (AYP).
The 5-day long operations will be conducted by men on helicopters firing at the innocent animals.
The officials say that the killing is being conducted for two reasons. Firstly, because of frequent complaints of camel invasion into the private properties in the region and secondly due to the camels’ contribution to global warming.
Officials say that camels emit methane equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide a year, which contributes to global warming.
Tim Moore, chief executive of carbon farming specialists RegenCo, said the amount of CO2 emitted by one million feral camels was the equivalent of an additional 400,000 cars on the road.
Howvere, the Department of Energy and Environment said that the emissions from feral animals should not be considered in a country’s emissions estimate – ‘Australia does not report on emissions from feral animals. Therefore, activities that change the emissions from feral animals cannot be subject to an Emissions Reduction Fund method, as they are unable to result in eligible carbon abatement and cannot contribute to Australia’s emissions reduction targets’.