350,000 dead camel carcass to litter the Australian deserts , while people starve to death , 200,000 tons of quality meats wasted
- From: kangarooistan <kangarooistan4@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 05:54:07 -0800 (PST)
Feral camels in Australia could help eradicate hunger overseas, an
Alice Springs camel industry campaigner claims.
As an abattoir at Wamboden, about 30 kilometres north of Alice
Springs, prepares to send a record number of camel sausages, steaks,
small goods, roasts and burger patties across the country, Trevor
Shiell says the less popular or unused cuts of meat should be turned
into camel jerky and shipped to third world countries in need of a
quality protein source.
Mr Shiell, a retired high school science and agriculture teacher, said
the Draft National Feral Camel Action Plan indicated the federal
government would allocate $19 million to Ninti Limited, an off-shoot
of Desert Knowledge Australia, to cull up to 350,000 camels over four
A total WASTE of taxpayers money that will make it HARDER to manage
the camels that watch on in fear and become unmanageable for LIFE ,
costing ever more to eventually farm and manage those that remain ,
after the massacres finish and the experts go home with their 19
million taxpayers dollars and 350,000 dead camels littering the
'These animals will be shot from a helicopter at a cost of about $100
each and the meat laid to waste,' he told AAP.
Mr Shiell has, in recent years as the camel situation worsened,
written to numerous politicians and newspapers outlining his case.
'The high quality protein, possibly up to 200,000 tonnes, will be left
to rot in the desert, which in my mind is a criminal waste,' he wrote.
'Not to mention the dingoes it will attract./ and flies spreading
diseases to aboriginal communities
'We have a million camels running around in our arid lands and 14
million hungry people across the world - we need to constructively
match these up with Australia's disaster relief efforts.
WHY pay some rich city dude in a helicopter to fly around "gunning
them down" and keep a TEAM of d "spin doctors" highly paid in air
conditioned offices busy fending off media criticism and managing the
negative media coverage
'We could be converting the resource to dehydrated meat products,
which do not require the same degree of regulation or storage as the
production of fresh meat.'
Mr Shiell said he approached several national institutions, which
boast about having a social conscience, but that they were
'hypocritically not interested'.
'There is an obvious answer to the problems (being caused by feral
camels) which no one wants to acknowledge, and that is to use a
commercial solution to solve several problems at the same time.'
Mr Shiell said he was told that harvesting the meat and distributing
it was not viable due to logistics, cost and time issues, but pointed
to a handful of small-scale commercial operations that successfully
process and sell camel meat for both human consumption and pet food,
milk, wool, leather, cosmetics and even blood and bone garden
The fact that feral camels inhabit an area covering about 3.33 million
square kilometres - crossing between the borders of Western Australia,
South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory - supports
arguments put forward by pastoralists, who claim the best method of
controlling an increase in camel numbers is by aerial culling.
However, Garry Dann from Centralian Gold, the company responsible for
mustering feral camels and processing them at the abattoir at
Wamboden, says he wouldn't be going to the effort if it wasn't a
'The good shop quality camel meat is equal to beef,' he told AAP.
'Camel fat is low cholesterol.
'And the feral animals have got to be managed.
'The more wild animals that can be processed for human consumption the
He said stunning the camels at the abattoir was more humane than
'The camel deserves better than to be just shot and left to rot;
200,000 ton of camel meat , paid to be shot and left left to rot while
millions starve is a CRIME against humanity
they can be processed and be even more helpful to mankind like they
have in the past with the pioneers,' Mr Dann said.
He said interest in camel meat was continuing to grow rapidly, but
that he recognized feral camel numbers needed to be managed
'We need to manage them, camels are not wild animals and are farmed
in all other countries , not shot and left to rot where they fall
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