Australian farmers seek cull of wild camels

Seeing animal as pest due to property damages and resource consumption, some are calling for subsidised slaughters.

    Australian farmers are calling for a fresh systematic cull of wild camels in the country, which is home to about 300,000 of them, saying they compete with livestock, destroy property and raid small towns in search of water.

    Between 2009 and 2012, hundreds of thousands of camels, an animal that was initially brought to Australia in the 1800s to help with load-carrying and exploration, were shot dead.

    Seeing camels as obsolete and a pest, some farmers want the government to subsidise the capture and killings of the animal to stop their numbers from getting out of control.

    Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Alice Springs.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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