It is believed that there are more than 1 million camels in Australia and the camel population is growing rapidly in Australia. Camels are not the only species suffering in heatwaves and wildfires.
Many camels in South Australia will be shot dead from helicopters as a result of climate change leading to extreme heat and drought. A five-day kill commenced on Wednesday (8/1/2020), as Native communities in the region reported large groups of camels damaging towns and buildings in search for water.
The professional shooters who will shoot the camels are from Australia’s department for environment and water. Hot and dry weather leads to the massive bush fire across Australia in the last few months, but unfortunately, the country’s drought has lasted for years. However, the camel kill is not directly linked to the fire crisis.
The slaughter will take place in the region of Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) – a less-populated part of South Australia. Some feral horses will also be killed. Various animals approached humans desperately to find something to drink in recent weeks due to the massive bushfires. An estimate of hundreds of million animals was killed by the bush fires across Australia.