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Camel Hunting, The New Aboriginal Pastime
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-10-2008 | Nick Squires

Posted on 02/10/2008 6:55:56 PM PST by blam

Camel hunting, the new Aboriginal pastime

By Nick Squires in Sydney
Last Updated: 7:05pm GMT 10/02/2008

Aborigines in Australia's arid desert interior have hit on an innovative way of tackling the boredom and substance abuse which have ravaged so many of their communities - hunting camels.

Camel hunting is the innovative new way of tackling the boredom and substance abuse which have ravaged Aboriginal communities

Where their forbears pursued traditional prey such as kangaroos and monitor lizards, the younger generation is heading into the scrub to shoot plentiful one-humped dromedaries.

The camels were introduced in the 19th century from India to haul supplies for explorers, pioneers and prospectors. They became redundant with the advent of railways and motor cars and thousands were released into the wild.

However, they adapted to Australian conditions extraordinarily well and are now considered a pest. More than a million roam the Outback, mostly in South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Biologists say the population is doubling every eight years.

They are seen as a growing threat to desert ecosystems and Outback cattle properties because they foul water holes and barge through wire fences.

In the remote outpost of Kintore, a six-hour drive west of Alice Springs, Aborigine teenagers venture into the desert once a week in search of feral camels.

The camels are mostly shot by police officers, who accompany the hunting expedition

The camels are mostly shot by one of the town's three police officers, who accompany the hunting expeditions.

"The first time we went out, we got three camels - two big ones and one small one," said Farren Marks, 19, who like many young men in the community has no job and spends much of the day listening to American gangster rap music.

"It makes me happy to go out hunting because I can bring back meat for my family."

Like many isolated Aboriginal settlements, Kintore offers few jobs and almost no recreational opportunities. Boredom and frustration drive teenagers to crime, alcohol, cannabis use and petrol sniffing - a habit which can leave addicts wheelchair-bound or dead.

The camel hunting initiative started six months ago. So far around 15 animals have been shot and butchered by a shifting group of around 20 hunters, the youngest just 13.

"The young fellas are pretty good at tracking the camels," said Tom Holyoake, a white youth worker tasked with preventing substance abuse in the town of 300 people.

"When they find a camel they shoot it, butcher it, bring the meat back and share it with their families."

Despite there being so many camels, Aborigines had in the past been reluctant to hunt them because of religious beliefs.

Many older indigenous people, educated in Christian mission schools, came to regard the animals as sacred because camels bore the Three Wise Men to see baby Jesus.

"Now that [eating camel] has been approved, people grab the meat as quick as they can and go off and start cooking dinner," said Mr Holyoake.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aboriginal; australia; camel; camels; dromedary; hunting

1 posted on 02/10/2008 6:56:04 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

The new weapon in the WOT.


2 posted on 02/10/2008 6:57:09 PM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Checkmate Cruiser")
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To: blam

As long as they eat the meat and don’t just collect the toes.


3 posted on 02/10/2008 6:58:57 PM PST by Right Brother
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To: blam

I’ll bet camel is tastier than lizards, by a lot!


4 posted on 02/10/2008 7:00:54 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Good guy wins, bad guy gets dead. Nothing to cry over here." ~ metmom)
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To: blam; camle

I’ve heard camels taste like chicken. LOL!

Seriously, the camels will take over if you don’t depopulate every now and again.


5 posted on 02/10/2008 7:05:12 PM PST by Slip18
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To: Right Brother

6 posted on 02/10/2008 7:08:19 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: blam

Must be summertime on the beaches down under.


7 posted on 02/10/2008 7:11:29 PM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: Slip18

Keep kids from drugs, reduce the Aussie equivalent of food stamps, and maybe justify Aborigines getting guns back. Yeah, this is a great idea.
Now PAY these young men to kill the camels, instead of having the police officer do it. You won’t have any camels left in the area within a few months.


8 posted on 02/10/2008 7:11:45 PM PST by tbw2 (Science fiction with real science - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: blam; CrappieLuck

Good post Blam.


9 posted on 02/10/2008 7:12:10 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: blam
In the name of all that is decent, Don’t tell Ted Nugent about this.
10 posted on 02/10/2008 7:14:36 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: muawiyah

Camel on the barbie?


11 posted on 02/10/2008 7:29:12 PM PST by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: blam

LOL
What does a camel look like when hit with a SMAW?

Think - pink mist.....

Turn a bunch of rednecks loose and tell them there is no limit, free BBQ sauce and discount beer. Problem solved.


12 posted on 02/10/2008 7:29:37 PM PST by ASOC
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To: vladimir998

Best kind too, baby camel!


13 posted on 02/10/2008 7:32:28 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: blam

I don’t you about you, but I’d walk a mile for a camel.


14 posted on 02/10/2008 7:35:25 PM PST by fhayek
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To: blam

Camel hunting, LOL! Don’t tell the sand rats up north, they’re very fond of their camels.


15 posted on 02/10/2008 7:36:39 PM PST by G8 Diplomat
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To: tbw2
"The camels were introduced in the 19th century from India to haul supplies for explorers, pioneers and prospectors. They became redundant with the advent of railways and motor cars and thousands were released into the wild."

The dromedaries aren't even indigenous to this part of the earth. Kind of like introducing the mongoose to kill the snakes in Hawaii. Don't mess with Mother Earth.

16 posted on 02/10/2008 7:41:30 PM PST by Slip18
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To: neodad

Don’t kill a Camel in Kuwait you will Pay around $150k not only that Camel but Future generations..


17 posted on 02/10/2008 7:42:37 PM PST by philly-d-kidder ( May The Peace of Jesus be with You ... "salem el masih" in Arabic,)
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To: philly-d-kidder
Don’t kill a Camel in Kuwait you will Pay around $150k not only that Camel but Future generations..

I guess to a Camel, Heaven can Kuwait. (stop me before I kill again)

18 posted on 02/10/2008 7:49:39 PM PST by fhayek
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To: fhayek

Hahaha


19 posted on 02/10/2008 7:51:17 PM PST by philly-d-kidder ( May The Peace of Jesus be with You ... "salem el masih" in Arabic,)
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To: blam

My young son explained to me that camoflage was “those clothes you wear when you go hunting camels”.


20 posted on 02/10/2008 7:59:17 PM PST by WL-law
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To: fhayek
I guess to a Camel, Heaven can Kuwait. (stop me before I kill again)

good one LOL

21 posted on 02/10/2008 8:08:40 PM PST by piroque
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To: blam

So they’ve shot 15 out of 1 Million. Boys, you need to improve your marksmanship. If you aren’t killing 1 per day, something is horribly wrong.


22 posted on 02/10/2008 8:22:45 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (I'd rather oppose a Liberal Democrat than a Liberal Republican!)
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To: blam

PETA will put an end to this. Or, in Australia, they’ll die trying.


23 posted on 02/10/2008 8:36:31 PM PST by AZLiberty (President Fred -- I like the sound of it.)
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To: muawiyah

Does it taste like chicken?


24 posted on 02/10/2008 8:58:09 PM PST by 353FMG (Vote for the Person who will do the least damage to our country.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

>>The camels are mostly shot by police officers, who accompany the hunting expedition<<

Is that because the Aussies all had to turn in their shootin’ irons to the Gumm’int?

A reminder: That rifle on the wall of the laborer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there. George Orwell


25 posted on 02/10/2008 9:27:11 PM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: Slip18

YEOWTCH!!!

actually the pic shows a dromedary - a single humper, rather than the more familiar bactrain double humper.

hehhehheh!


26 posted on 02/11/2008 3:58:18 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: QBFimi
Is that because the Aussies all had to turn in their shootin’ irons to the Gumm’int?

No, because we didn't. This myth has wide currency in the United States, but it is a myth.

There are millions of guns legally held by private citizens in Australia. Law abiding citizens can legally own firearms. We've got some dumb laws concerning registration and storage (certainly can't hang something on a wall - if not in use under active control, it's locked away in a safe), and you have to have different types of licences for different types of guns, but Australians are not disarmed - and in the areas where its possible to hunt camels, it would not be hard to get a gun for hunting camels.

Personally, I own one of these:

and one of these:

as well as a number of basic hunting rifles. And I am certainly not heavily armed compared to friends (some of them are collectors - for me a firearm is a tool, and I can only use one rifle and one handgun at a time, so for me what I have is enough.)

27 posted on 11/01/2013 4:04:29 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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