Snipers from helicopters will soon be murdering more than 10,000 camels to keep them from consuming the already scarce water supplies in South Australia.
Between the drought and wildfires, the decision to “cull” the animals was made following an order from “Aboriginal” leaders on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands.
Local residents have voiced their complaints about the camels saying they’ve been entering their communities and stopping at nothing to find water sources including faucets and tanks for “livestock” use.
“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,’’ Marita Baker, a board member of the APY executive, told The Australian.
They are also being murdered over excuses about greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change yet nothing is being said about the 26.6 million cattle being raised in Australia or the mass quantities of water they consume and greenhouse gasses they emit.
A spokesperson for the South Australia Department of Environment and Water said the increasing number of camels had caused several problems 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 spokesperson told news.com.au.
“In some cases, dead animals have contaminated important water sources and cultural sites.”
It is expected to take five days to complete the slaughter of the camels that have an estimated population of 1.2 million on the continent.
Their bodies will be left to dry off before they are burned or buried, ABC News reported.
Camels are not native to Australia and were brought to the continent during the 19th century to be used for construction and transport. This doesn’t give anyone the right to take their lives away though.
Conservative estimates are saying that so far half a billion animals have died in the wildfires caused by climate change which the leading cause is animal agriculture particularly cattle.
Chris Dickman, an ecologist at the University of Sydney, told HuffPost that the previous estimates of half a billion animals dying were actually really conservative since that didn’t include, invertebrates, frogs, bats, etc.
He said it was “without any doubt at all” that the losses exceeded 1 billion, which he also called “a very conservative figure”.
Experts fear that the fires have made entire species extinct. Glossy black cockatoos and small marsupials named dunnarts are likely gone for good as a third of Kangaroo Island is now a “scorched wasteland”.
Koalas aren’t far behind extinction as they were fighting climate change and an insidious form of HPV causing cancer even before these massive bushfires. The world is on fire from the rainforests to the Australian outback and yet nobody wants to admit their burgers and nuggets are the cause.
People are willing to overlook the 26.6 million cattle but not 10,000 camels? It’s easy to see where priorities lie; greed. We need to wake up before it’s too late.