Some Opinions about the Shooting of Camels in Australia

In connectin with my article “A Camel SOS Call from the Outreach of Australia, with the appeal as “Please help and support our cause to save the camels in Australia from mass shooting“, I recieved some responses both in the camel advocacy “Camel4life internatonal” whatsapps group and facebook. In the ensuing lines, I shall share with their names and brief introduction.

  1. Debi Robinson from Australia: I have just come from a visit from a Station (ranch) they have invited me to find alternative markets for their camels as it is not viable to transport the long distances to abbatoirs..this is the basic reasoning for culls. Transport does and kill price doesn’t bring income for desert farming. Many years ago, 1000 head of camels were quarantined and shipped to Indonesia as live meat trade but the shop was condemned and Government would not help with financing a new one.
  2. Natalie Mollett, a Vet. from Australia: Hi Raziq I hope this explains a little about why we need to cullferal camels. We have a serious problem with increasing droughts exacerbated by climate change. Many remote rural areas now have been declared water deficient and many remote aboriginal communities have no water at all. The camels are destroying habitat for endangered native flora and fauna. It is similar to the problem we have with feral horses in the blue mountains in New South Wales. For the sake of our environment we need to drastically reduce the number of wild camels donkeys buffaloes foxes dogs and cats. I do care for camels but they do not belong in Australia’s outback.
  3. Dr. Piers Simpkin, a camel scientist and camel herder in Kenya: Compared with many of the slaughter systems I have seen, the professional shooting of camels may be the least brutal and most humane way of killing them. Personally I would much prefer to be shot happily munching away in the Bush than be beaten and hauled onto a truck and then lined up with twenty other camels and prodded with goads into an abbattoir that smells of blood and death which I am sure the animals too recognise. I dont think that the way camels are managed in Australia is the problem. The main issue is that others have pointed out the Australian livestock industry is based on beef and sheep and wild camels destroy the rabbit and dingo control fences and possibly some of the water infrastructure associated with the beef and sheep industry; hence they are considered a pest. It is a pity that their economic and environmental values have not been recognised and that they be managed like wildlife and provided with watering points in the outback, with some domesticated for milk and others culled professionally and painlessly for meat. However in reality this is likely to be more expensive than large scale commercial farming beef and sheep aswell as not being able to fulfill market demands in terms of cost and quantity. Would love to go and visit and find out the real story.
  4. Amy, an Australian expat working as professor of Culture in Qatar University: I’ve been asking these questions of every Australian I’ve encountered! From what I understand so far; I think the difference is largely cultural, which in turn sets the tone for policy/politics. Australia’s animal industries are firmly rooted in beef/sheep production. As a Brit, prior to living in the Gulf around camels, I would have (had I considered it) been able to empathise with Australian perspective of camel-as-pest. Only after being educated in traditional camel cultures’ values, such as Bedouin, am I able to make that shift to valuing camel produce and as such see the utter waste in the animal in Australian context. But only really because of that. The camel remains this poorly understood and under-utilized pest/invasive species. Despite everything.
  5. Ilse Kohlor Rollefson, a camel conservationist from Germany in Rajasthan India: I agree. Aussies only think of sheep and cattle as livestock. Although the environment is ideal and much better for camels and they thrive without any inputs. Its all a question of culture.
  6. Calitropis Vijesh from Thar Desert Sindh Pakistan: So sad, they shoot them as it’s believed that they are drinking more water. But they don’t know that it’s only animal which can survive upto a month without water. They have understood camel very wrongly.
  7. Anne Orman from Australia: As much as I like Camels and other feral species as a native flora and fauna advocate I don’t support the protection of any non-native species.
  8. Chris Hill, a camel owner in Australia: Love all your comments , but everyone one jumps when it’s doom and gloom , if we could all support and promote the benefits on the camel then it would have a great sustainable industry in Australia.
  9. Mudassir Yasin, camel milk UK: It really is very disturbing and sad to learn of this pathetic and inhumane response by the Australian Government. Culling camels is not the answer. It was perfectly acceptable at one stage in history when Australia imported the camels into Australia from Pakistan and Afghanistan to shape and build Australia’s infrastructure and now quite ironically, these camels are being blamed for causing nuisance to Australia’s environment. Where would Australia be today if it wasn’t for the camels?
  10. My own comment, it is very unfortunate and painful to see such stories and pictures. The poor but very useful animal, the camel is just shot and killed for no use. The policymakers are really duffers. They must know the value of a camel. There must be a way to save these camels and to transfer to the other continents where the people are in love with the precious camels. Being the head of the camel advocacy group, Camel4Life, I consider this act as a crime. Please stoppppp.

Camel is a solution not a problem

Dr. Raziq

Camel is the best solution not a problem.

Camel Milk Revitalize and Enriched our Gut Microbiom

Why Gut?

The gut is not only a processing and storing unit of food but the microbiome in the gut synthesize our immune system. Our gut health is more important than ever before because of many reasons, the immune system is one of the prime importance as a strong & healthy immune system is now more critical because of diverse forms of infections around us. The situation is very challenging, all manmade which led to the present time calamatis of the climate change.

So need a very strong and responsive immune system to safeguard our health from such infections. There are many good and local foods that can enriched our gut microbiome and one of the top important food is the camel milk. As, I’m working on the investigation and documentation of the camel milk properties in human health since a long time, I hereby share some very basic facts that can tell how the CaM is helping us in keeping our health intact.

Camel milk can be effective on Gut issues and digestion due to some reasons such as;

  1. Came milk containing a reasonable quantity of anti-inflammatory proteins like lactoferrin which protect our gut from the infectious microrganisms.
  2. Some molecules in camel milk as as antiviral and antibacterial (Lactoferrin, igG, lactoperoxidase, and Lysozyme etc.). Such unique proteins of camel milk inhibit pathogenic microbes, which ultimately enhance the digestibility and provide a healthier ecosystem to the gut microbiome.
  3. The antimicrobial proteins of camel milk can decompose helicobacter pylori bacteria in the stomach. This bacterium is one of the main cause of stomach ulcers.
  4. The camel milk is rich with the lactobacilus bacteria, especially in fermented products of the camel milk. Lactobacilus bacteria produces lactic acid and some molecules like bactriocins against pathogen bacteria, providing a very healthy ecosystem to our gut.
  5. The milk with such properties are the food of choice for the autistic kids to keep the digestive system calm and help in digestion of the milk product.

I mentioned the very important and relevent charecteristics of camel milk which provide a healthier option for our gut health. The detais will be provided and a comprehensive article later. Take this piece of work as a ‘FOOD OFTHOUGHT”

The soil health makes your gut health and the gut health engineers your whole health and happiness.

Dr. Raziq

A Food that Enrich your Gut Health~ the camel milk

A strong and healthy immune system is now more critical than ever because of ever-increasing infections in our surroundings. There are many reasons for the widespread infections, mostly because of climate change. So need a very strong and responsive immune system to safeguard our health from such infections.

Our Gut Generate our Immune System

The majority of our immune system is generated in our gut. It requires a wide variety of healthy gut bacteria for optimal function – our Microbiome. The healthier and more diverse the Microbes in our gut, the stronger our immune system and the healthier we are.

The Gut Microbiome Depending upon the Food we Eat

The quality of our Microbiome is directly dependent on the nutrient density and the Microbiome of the foods we eat, going all the way down the food chain to the microbes in the soil. The healthier the soils and the more diverse the bacteria living in it, the more nutrient-dense and microbially varied our foods, the healthier we are.

Gut Microbiome Make us Happy

A diverse Microbiome does not only make us healthier but also happier. The microbes in our gut are pivotal in regulating neurotransmitters, Seratonin amongst them – the happy chemical – a natural anti-depressant and a powerful immune system improver. So ultimately, our health and emotional wellbeing are dependent on the quality of the soils our food grows in.”A buoyant life below ground will take care of a vibrant life above ground – for plants, animals, and humans alike.

Camel Milk Provides Healthier Gut Microbiome

Camel Milk provides a diverse and healthier gut microbiome and helps in subsiding the infectious diseases and fulfill the micronutrients in our food. The camel keeping communities having slim and healthier bodies and strong gut health. They are rich with a diverse microbiome in the gut and enjoying a healthier and happier life. I have visited many camel keeping communities in different parts of the world and have found them very happy and healthy people.

Since I have been taking a glass of fresh camel milk daily to keep my gut healthier and strong, I always enjoyed a very healthy lifestyle. I have never been sick for the last 22 years. I run and jog daily and fell full of zeal and energy at the age of 51 years.

What works for you guys?

What works well for your gut health? Please share your experience and achievements in keeping a healthier gut microbiome.

Camel milk is a guarentee of natural health

Dr. Raziq

How Camel Milk can be effective on diabetes?

Nowadays, the researchers following other suitable alternative treatments for insulin. Camel milk contains insulin like proteins, which does not form coagulum in the acidic media of stomach that can be an effective alternative for insulin. Camel milk improves the glycemic control and decreasing insulin resistance in diabetes condition. It is detected a high amount (about 52 U/L) of insulin  in camel milk, and using of camel milk in diabetes patients causes to reduce blood sugar and required insulin dose about 30%. Daily drinking of camel milk may meet about 60% of the insulin in diabetic patients. Camel milk improves other aspects related to diabetes such as obesity, inflammation, wound healing, and oxidative stress damages.

Therefore, camel milk and some its effective components influence insulin secretion by effect on the pancreatic beta cells and insulin receptor function in the insulin-sensitive tissues. Therefore it is as a potential therapy for controlling diabetes mellitus 1, high cholesterol level, liver and kidney disease, decrease oxidative stress, and improve wound healing. Camel milk lactoferrin has immune- modulatory effects on beta-cells of the pancreas and reduces insulin doses required in diabetes 1 and 2 patients.

Obviously, camel milk effects including; effect on insulin receptor function and signaling and glucose transport in the insulin-sensitive tissues; effect on insulin secretion by the pancreatic b-cells, via the survival, growth, and activity of the pancreatic cells ; negative modulation on the glucagon receptor

The Camel Milk Story from the Gobi Desert Mongolia

Gobi is a heaven on the earth. The Gobi desert is stretched from Mongolia to Chinese Mongolia. The desert is home to the very beautiful Bactrian camel. In the link provided, you can see very fascinating pictures from the Gobi desert. The author visited the Bactrian camel of the region and made this report.

Gobi desert is home to the highly adapted livestock species and camel is one of the most important and incredible livestock of the region. In this blog you can enjoy great information about the Bactraian camels, their milk and role in the Mongolian culture. You can see the beautiful pictures of the birds, trees, animals, people and desert in this blog.

Enjoy reading and seeing the manuscript and pictures respectively.

Ethnobotany: The People of Saanich — Living World Educator

Nancy Turner is one of the most renowned ethnoecologists in BC and known all over the world for her work in ethnobotany and as an advocate for First Peoples’ rights. In this little book, “Saanich Ethnobotany

This photo of txálhpaoz̓ (“willow tree”) is not copyrighted and is in the public domain UVIC’s own Nancy Turner is one of the most renowned ethnoecologists in BC and known all over the world for her work in ethnobotany and as an advocate for First Peoples’ rights. In this little book, “Saanich Ethnobotany: culturally important plants of the […] #thnobotany

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