Why Australia Kills Wild Camels

Why Australia Kills Wild Camels

All the amazing camels that we’ve ever had, and now have, would be lying dead on the desert floor if we did not have them with us. This, we know for a fact.

Given our wild camel ‘situation’ in Australia we refuse to ‘breed camels’ because that just seems unfair…

Tara Lea Cameleer Australian CamlesRussell Osborne Cameleer

Australia has the largest wild camel population in the world due to early importations to help Australia ‘open up’ it’s remote outback regions. But, what happened between the times where the camels were useful to the Australian government and now, classed as a pest and culled by the thousands?

In this episode we dive into the history of camels in Australia and how they came to being a ‘pest’ and therefore killed (culled) by the thousands – which seems absurd given that foreign countries are desperate to import our, healthy and disease free, Australian camels. We discuss why this ISN’T happening.

We also get a bit political on this matter (how can you not?!) and discuss possible solutions, beyond mass culling, for Australia’s wild camels.

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Russell Osborne & Tara Lea Australian Camels

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  1. danka Sivevski says:

    I love your feedback guys, I have studied this issue with camel for some time now and how we can collectively change the way this is managed. Obviously the current plan is just not working and yes Russell as you said they are totally a gift we should be grateful for. What I can’t seem to work out who owns the camel I guess if they are on private land permission is needed from land owners, what about crown land and Indigenous how would that work. I would love to get funding and build a sustainable camel business model where they are left to roam in large conservation parks and the sustainably removed for boutique farms that offer a variety of camel related products such as milk, skin care, meat, wool and trained camel as you guys are doing. The tourism industry alone would benefit to a great extent if marketed well again like the type of thing you offer. So many of us have tapped into this area but unless we resolve the issue with damage camel is perceived to cause nothing will move forward in a positive way. I am planning a trip to six countries that embrace and love the camel for further research and opportunities for our beautiful camel, and will take all your feedback on board.
    Good job guys love what you are doing.

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