NGOs and rights groups are calling on Australia to call off the culling of the camels as there might be a way to control the camel population humanely.
Rabat – The Australian government is planning to cull 10,000 camels, believing that this might help to fight against drought due to the bushfires.
A statement from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara (APY), a local government area in the remote northwest of South Australia warned that there are “extremely large groups of camels and other Feral animals” in specific hot spots in the APY lands.
The statement finds that the group of animals is “putting pressure on the remote aboriginal communities in the APY lands and the pastoral operations as the camels search for water.”
The statement adds that camel control is needed.
Australia has one of the largest camel populations across the world.
APY said that there will be a “Feral Animal across the APY Lands.” Camels will be the specific target of the cull.
“The Cull (Kill), will occur the week of 8th January, 2020, when the aerial operations will commence,” the statement added.
The APY’s decision to kill feral animals, especially camels has caused a backlash on social media with animal rights NGOS calling on the authorities to control camel populations in the right way.
“Horrific, surely the Australian camel population could be controlled humanely,” wrote Animal Watch.
Horrific, surely the Australian camel population could be controlled humanly ( https://t.co/1ZF11os7Rz )
— ?Animal Watch? (@Animal_Watch) January 7, 2020
International internet users have also condemned the decision, tagging Australian officials to stop the cull.
The hashtag “save the camels” is also viral online.
Recently, international reports regretted the killing of animals in Australia due to bushfires in Australia.
A statement from a professor at Sydney University estimated that the number of animals killed in the fire is estimated at half a billion.
“Half a billion lost animals is not enough let’s kill some more!! Bloody things using up our resources,” one Twitter user wrote sarcastically