Australia set to shot 10,000 camels over water shortage

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Australian authorities announced to shot more than 10,000 camels from helicopters to prevent them from drinking too much water in drought-afflicted South Australia.

In line with the order of Aboriginal leaders in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands, Professional shooters will begin the cull on Wednesday.

The directive comes after Locals complained the animals have been entering communities and wreaking havoc as they look for any available water source, including taps and tanks.

“We have been stuck in stinking hot and uncomfortable conditions, feeling unwell, because the camels are coming in and knocking down fences, getting in around the houses and trying to get to water through air-conditioners,’’ said Marita Baker, board member of the APY executive.

Besides the water shortages in South Australia , the animals emit methane equivalent to one ton of carbon dioxide per year as reported by The Australian dailies.

According to South Australia Department of Environment and Water, the increasing number of the camels increased the drought menace in the region.

“This has resulted in significant damage to infrastructure, danger to families and communities, increased grazing pressure across the APY Lands and critical animal welfare issues as some camels die of thirst or trample each other to access water,” the department spokesman told the media.

The wild camels were introduced to Australia from India and Afghanistan during the 19th and used for transportation and construction.

The move comes amid estimates that millions of animals have died in the bushfires that was raging across Australia.

Source : INDEPENDENT

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