Australia executes 5,000 camels “by air” amid international criticism


The Australian authorities have executed more than 5,000 camels because of what they called an “urgent response to the threats” represented by the high number of wild camels amid the spread of drought.

Richard King, general manager of Anango Petjantjara Yankunitjatara, a local government area for indigenous Australians, said in a statement on Tuesday that the execution of the camels was carried out in an air operation.

“The number of wild camels has increased very dramatically in recent years and has caused extensive damage to infrastructure and plants and posed a threat to families and societies,” added King, justifying the move, which has been widely criticized worldwide.

It is noteworthy that Anango Petjantjara Yankunitgatara is a large, sparsely populated area located in the remote northwest of South Australia.

Turkey has previously called on the Australian authorities to find alternative ways to deal with the increasing number of wild camels instead of resorting to their execution.

“We are calling on the Australian government to find a different solution, as the resources that will be used to kill camels can be used to preserve their lives,” said Justice and Development Party spokesman Omar Gillick, in a series of Twitter tweets last week.

He pointed out that “every intervention in the natural life would further complicate matters”, calling for “the need to find solutions that protect nature and natural inheritance for future generations.”

The authorities in Australia have decided to execute more than 10 thousand camels, justifying that those camels consume a lot of water in the southern regions of Australia, which contributes to the exacerbation of drought and then high temperatures and the spread of fires.

The high temperatures and the continuation of the recent drought wave, led to an unprecedented wave of fires in Australia, which resulted in the death of thousands of wild animals, and the conversion of millions of hectares of forest into ash.


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