Save the Camels!
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I am a 15 year old who would like to solve the growing issue of camels in the Australian outback being slaughtered and killed..the reason that so many are being slaughtered is because there are too many of them. According to care2.com, “Under its Australian Feral Camel Management Project (AFCMP), the government has sought to control its wild camel population of 1.2 million by an aggressive culling effort. Private contractors have been shooting the camels from helicopters, with the carcasses left to rot in the desert.”(Kristina. C, 2013)
Not only is this unjust to the camels, if we continue to disparage them then in the future these precious intelligent creatures will continue to be slaughtered inhumanly. I, myself having had a camel in California know how smart and family oriented these creatures can be. If we were to simply put in restrictions on how and when we kill the Dromedary Camels. We can limit how many camels can be killed each year. As many Australians see them as a nuisance they do not deserve to be shot and left to slowly die in the middle of the desert. In some places in the world camels are used for important matters. Such as the following countries, the Middle East, North Africa, and more. They are NOT left to rot in the desert but in fact their meat and fur is put to good use. I expect the great country of Australia can put forth effort to do the same.
Admittedly, there are more and more people becoming aware of this gruesome and unruly matter who I would like to thank personally for.
Stuart Camps, who raised and still trains camels for a living had some important thoughts on the matter: “...Now added to Australia's line-up is the camel, a creature perfectly suited to the arid expanses, and of great benefit if allowed to remain. But they need to be managed. Almost all camels the world over - in Africa, Asia and the Middle East - exist in managed herds. This has been the case for around 4,000 years now. Only in Australia and on the high steppes of the Gobi, in Mongolia, do wild camels exist.If the Australian camel is managed intelligently, which includes compassionately, the camels, and the environment, can both thrive. And so too can the industries of tourism, dairy production, meat and other things.There is nothing wrong with the camels. They are simply in need of being well managed, and cared for. If they are well managed, there should no need to abusively and indignantly cull them, and leave them to rot. Australia can be smarter and kinder than that.”
HOWEVER, that does not mean that camels are still not being killed inhumanely and also for sport. According to ABC news camels are being left for hours and even days to suffer and die. Camel expert Cynthia Goforth-MacRitchie, also touches on this matter.“If camels are shot from helicopters and left to die and rot in the desert then this leads to a bigger dismissed issue. If these people are killing a mother camel this leaves baby camel(s) left to suffer for days without their mother’s care, milk, and protection. This eventually leads to an inhumane and tragic suffering death of a baby camel.” Cynthia Goforth MacRitchie has a history of raising camels for 25 years and other unusual creatures for a long time in California. Including an Ostrich and Emu farm of 200 using their oils, meat, and feathers for good use. Knowing this Cynthia is a valid source of how you can use these resources for the better. She also tells us that, “This camel meat and wool can be used to aid the immigrants coming to Australia and perhaps create jobs if they start a camel ‘farming’ industry.”
If you could please help us sign out petition. We want to bring this to as many people’s attention as possible by solving issues. Putting rules and regulations on the culling of camels and limitations. I speak for many when I say I do not want to leave innocent creatures left to suffer in the desert from the indecency of the people who shoot and leave camels to suffer. We would like to end this and create penalties for killing these camels unjustly and if they are being killed without a cause. This includes killing camels for the reason of the overpopulation. Since the population of camels IS an issue then the deceased camel should be put to good use..
***disclaimer: I do understand however that camels with disease can not be used so therefore adjustments would have to made in different scenarios... any questions, comments or concerns my email is
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