Skip to comments.Australian camels could be shot to curb methane
Posted on 06/09/2011 6:16:22 AM PDT by rellimpank
Kill a camel, earn cash for cutting greenhouse gases: That offer may be coming soon in Australia, where vast numbers of the nonnative, methane-belching animals have been trampling the Outback for more than a century.
The government has proposed that killing camels be officially registered as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Australia has the world's largest population of wild camels _ an estimated 1.2 million _ and considers them to be a growing environmental problem.
The proposal, released for public comment this week, would allow sharpshooters to earn so-called carbon credits for slaughtering camels. Industrial polluters around the world could buy the credits to offset their own carbon emissions.
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Wonder what PETA will think of this?
Are they insane down under?...........................
I didn’t even know there were camels in Australia.
Using this rationale killing off the Buffalo herds 100+ years ago was a good thing despite it decimating the tribes.
Cash for humpers.
....look at how wild horses have destroyed the range for indigenous species like Bighorn Sheep...
I say regulate the species like any other...if they overpopulate, issue more hunting tags...
as far as methane? that is a non issue..
Ya know, people emit CO2 and methane, too. Hmmm...
PETA vs Warmers
How do these good folks come to believe this will reduce CO2. The camels don’t create CO2 from some magical process. They digest the plants they eat which creates camel meat, camel poop, camel pee, and camel farts. If those plants don’t pass through a camel, then they will just pass through smaller animals, insects, and microbes, eventually producing the same CO2.
Save the Oz camels, save the Oz camels!!
This glo-bull warming insanity is comepletely out of hand at this point. Go ahead and kill a few camels Ozzies. We have millions of head of cattle in this country to more than make up for them.
And what about all the illegals in this country, I am sure all those taco’s and burritos make them rather flatulent.....hey, maybe I could be on to something here.....!
Well, it’s much better than shooting automobile drivers to curb CO2 emissions, as some envirowacks would like to do.
And with the planet being "Full" according to New York Times Thomas Freidman.
Beware Soylent Green!
I didn’t even know there were camels in Australia.
“People emit CO2 and methane, too”
My husband says my chili recipe could destroy the ozone. (well, he could do that on his own!)
Heard the definition of a camel one time. It’s a horse built by a committee.
Vast numbers of them, but not in the places where most people live or visit.
The country is mostly desert so in the 19th century, camels were brought over in large numbers to help people travel through the desert. It made sense and it worked - helped a great deal in opening up the continent.
Now we don’t need them anymore, they are a feral pest.
Will they be exporting Australian camel toes?
Is just a matter of time before that becomes gov’t policy as well...
I don’t mind if they shoot them but it would be because they are destroying the environment by competing with native species, NOT because of their farts.
Mankind has lost its mind.
These insane fools should do themselves, and leave the poor camels alone, they are fine. We on the other hand...
I learn something new on FR every day.
Of course. And the ruling-class intellectuals/university “scientists” know this. They just are laughing at people who don’t get the joke.
Camels are grazing animals, makes sense that they might make some good cuts.
Not sure how vulnerable they are to various parasites, though.
Which leads us to this question: how good eating (roast, fried, baked, whatever) is camel?
AS you say. The CO2 and methane produced by animals and plants are part of the natural carbon cycle.
Over the course of years they neither add to nor remove “greenhouse gases” from the system.
Fossil fuels add net carbon to the atmosphere because they release carbon that was stored in them millions of years ago by the plants and animals of that day.
I know kangaroo meat is good eating.
No idea about Australian camels though.
Maybe I ought to take a few shots for the team after I eat my beans. Or perhaps we should mow down anyone overdoing it on Mex food in the name of Green.
It is, first, amazing that animals can convert grass into food. This requires fermentation within the gut, and results in a lot of methane. Accordingly, by bringing grazing animals largely under management, the human race has tremendously reduced the emission of methane. Another really big contribution of humans is draining swamps. Animal and vegetable matter decay in swamps through the action of termites and microbes that also release methane. The result is open cesspools of decaying organic matter. By draining swamps, the human race has made another tremendous change to the climate. We have been tera-forming this planet for centuries. Converting it from a place marginally-disposed to human habitation, into a veritable garden, by bringing the rivers under management, eliminating dread diseases, ending plagues of locust, and in many other ways. We should be proud of what we have done and approach environmental protection (and enhancement) with a positive perspective.
Not bad, actually.
Camel is actually one of the meats that is officially permitted to be served in an Australian Meat Pie (one of our major ‘national foods’) and is actually a fairly common choice along with rabbit.
Marching onward to complete and absolute stupidity.
Camel meat is a common component of the Australian Meat Pie - available all over the country.
I’m not sure any carbon credits should be given to those who do not use or properly dispose of the dead carcass. Some of the meat of a dead carcass might be eaten by vultures and such, but mostly its organic matter will decay due to the action of microbes, which will result in the release of a lot of methane. Turning the carcass into “by products” such as cat food and fertilizer, as industrial food processors routinely do nowadays, is much more environmentally sensitive.
-IIRC, they were completely unprotected.
There were outfitters prepared to guide the hunt, etc.,--they are a big, tough animal, requiring at least a .30-'06 class rifle with an elk-type bullet for successful shooting---
Uh-oh! Are flatulent men next???
I was thinking the same thing, too.
For the “completely useless” trivia file: the fastest camels in the world (used for camel racing, mostly in the Middle East) come from Australia. And, they bring prices comparable to thoroughbred horses.
I mostly agree with you. If you were managing the deer population, or the bear population, the fish or any population that was not privately-owned, you’d want to find the point where ALL the costs were balanced against ALL the benefits. So, the emission of greenhouses gases might be part of it. But, only a small part. Mostly, we like bio-diversity. We view the entire world as a zoo in which we can enjoy not simply seeing various life forms in isolation, but in their habitats, and as parts of bio-systems. This is a little tricky as, for example, we don’t want bears roaming off their reservations onto nearby ranches and towns. But, there’s no big problem with deer roaming a bit. So, how many permits should you issue for hunting camels? Maybe a lot. Indeed, instead of charging people to hunt camel, maybe you should pay them. By adjusting the price, we should be able to maintain or even enhance bio-diversity in the world, which, as you point out, sometimes means culling some populations in order to preserve space for other populations.
Only if oil biotic.
I would use a 30-06 with at least an 180 grain bullet...
though for short range a 45-70 with 405 or 500 grain bullets would work quite nicely....
Not exactly. Bison are a native species to America, while camels are nonnative (to Australia).
We've got our own problems with feral pigs in Texas.