Kill camels - Aus politician

2010-01-13 11:31

Sydney - Killing Australia's one million feral camels would be the equivalent of taking 300 000 cars off the road, a member of parliament said on Wednesday.

Opposition agriculture spokesperson John Cobb said camels belch one ton of carbon into the atmosphere each year because they are ruminant animals like cattle.

Camels imported from India were let loose in the 1900s when vehicles took over the work of moving goods in the Outback.

The population doubles every seven years and the government has put up funds for a cull, but has shied away from an eradication programme.

Australians don't like eating camels and so they are not farmed. Around 25 000 head a year are exported, mostly to the Middle East.

Cobb wants the government to put up enough money so that every last camel is shot.