I’m Wajir, a noble camel from Gabbra tribe of North Africa
I have heard that some authorities in Australia are killing my camel fellows. Why they do so? The camels do not need anything from them. They live their own free and happy life. I’m very sad about them. I’m so confident and convinced that our troubles are because of our human masters, our troubles come from them, directly or indirectly. Why they shoot us? Why they decide for our lives?
Now I have put this photo up before and it sure wont be the last time you see it, as I am fed up with our seriously hopeless Federal and State governments in Australia doing zero towards fixing the problem. Spread it far and wide and make as much noise as you can to everyone. Shooting and killing the precious camels like this to let rot on the ground is disgraceful and an absurd waste of a very valuable resource.
Hundreds are being shot every day, some are miss shot and disappear to die an agonizing death days later. Now with well over one million wild camels roaming the vast out back, if something isn’t done pretty soon there will become an ecological problem that will be very very hard and outrageously expensive to fix, told by Paddy McHugh, a camel lover from Australia.
1. Back to the Origional Habitat for Better Life
In my view, the best solution is to keep a sustainable and fixed number of the camels in the countryside of Australia and shift the surplus each year to the original habitats of camels, especially the places from where their origion took place like Pakistan, Afghanistan, ME, and Africa. There are many people in those regions who completely or partially dependent on camels. Such cameleers willingly ready to adapt these camels and use them for their livelihood earning. They keep their animals like family memebers, give specific name to each animal and give them a very natural and friendly environment to live and thrive. This can be materialized by the funding of the international organizations, animal welfare groups, and the governments of the regions.
2. Food Aid
The regions mentioned in the above paragraph are severly hit by droughts and other climate change calamities. The people, especially the rural masses are suffering hunger and malnutrition. A food (camel meat) rich with protiens and calories can be an apealing idea to support these poor and deserving communities. Again, it can be materialized by the funding of the international organizations, animal welfare groups, and the governments of the regions.
3. Genetic upgradation with Specialized and Unique Genes Poll
The camel herds in its original habitats have suffered a lot, especially after the onset of the automobile revolution. Because of the modernization and the climate change scenario, some if not many new diseases made way to the camels which are a real threat to the camel health and survival. The introduction of the new blood (via bulls) from the Australian feral camel will be a silver lining in the cloud and will serve as biological control of disease and enhancing the immunitiy of the local herds.
4. A Dairy Use in Australia
The Australian camels are super healthy and very strong genetic pool. Though they produce lesser quantity of milk and there is a natural selection of the camels with the main goal, the fittest to survive. Selection of good camels with promising yield of milk within the feral herd and establishment and development of camel dairies will certainly work and will sustain in all ways. The embryo of high yielding camels from Pakistan (Brela camel) and ME (Majaheem, Khawar and Mahali) breeds can uplift the milk yield and a 10 years of cycle can emerge a sustainable dairy business inside the country. There is very high demand for camel milk all over the world and it is very easy to export camel milk from Australia to many countries as the country is free from many contageous diseases of the animals. Itself, Australi can consume million of tons of camel milk annually. It will be the best use of camels, a great channel of super food and source of employment in the rural Australia. http://camel4all.info/index.php/about/camel4milk/
A Gentle Appeal
Being a camel lover, head of the camel advocacy (Camel4Life International) and experienced camel scientist, I hereby appeal the international organizations, the head of the states, FAO, IFAD, and cherity organization to pelase play their role in saving camels on one side and give a true support to the people in other continenet who are realy in need of the unique animal, the camel.
A series of camel stories from different regions of the world
The series of World Camel Day gifts happily continue. Debi Robinson is continuously sending pictures as she is on the Ghan track traveling with camels’ cart (she has designed). She has gifted very heart-touching pictures from the field.
According to Debi “The timeline for camels starts with explorers..then the surveyors… well-sinking parties..telegraph line builders and finally the Ghan train line..all following the same camel pads who took stores and mail into the inland.”
She told “A pity I have not got to Farina and beyond where Ghan towns and mosques, as well as gravesites, are to be found. I will send you all I can anyway if you are interested..but all the rain here has made a slow but memorable trek “
She also suggested reading the book about the Ghan cameleers. “Do you have a copy of ‘Muslim Cameleers’ in Australia’ This is by far the best reference book?
She is very much concerned as she said “Sad to learn that the track I have just come through will become a nuclear dump and closed very soon. I am so glad I was able to see it now. Mmm especially as it is for French waste”