Dear Australia, Please don’t Kill-Donkey is an Asset

I have been emphasizing that livestock grazing is a great blessing for the sustainable management of an ecosystem. Livestock is not only the consumer but the return treasure of manure (the microorganism in livestock gut act as detritivores, converting the tough fibers material into a well rotten nitrogen-rich fertilizer) which maintain the soil structure and fertility in a healthier state. Not only the soil health but also the grazing minimizing the risks of the fire hazards as it is becoming the very common enemy of the ecosystems, especially under the global warming scenario. We are witnessing the worst wildfires in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Very few such reports are aired where there is a common practice of livestock grazings like Africa and part of Asia. Livestock grazing had been performing a role of ecosystem management for ages but in the Anthropocene, the grazing was restricted because of the poor understanding of the role of livestock and the health of an ecosystem.

Horrific News from Australia

The Western Australian government has nearly wiped out wild donkeys from the Kimberley, a region in northwest Australia. They have already shot half a million donkeys and now plan to eradicate the rest of the population by ordering the shooting of the last ones living peacefully on Kachana Station, a holistically managed landscape.

The Western Australian Government used horrific mass gunning, which left thousands of donkeys dead and dying across the land. They trapped mares (or “jennies”), fixed them with radio transmitters, and then tracked them. Once a mare returned to her family, helicopters moved in and shot all the other donkeys except for her. Then the helicopters waited until the mare joined another social group and did it all over again. In some cases, up to 20,000 donkeys in two weeks were shot. 

Raise your voice and sign the petition please

The author is the founder of world donkey day. I’m very much impressed by the role of donkeys in ecosystem management. I have a very clear and concrete concept about the abilities of the donkey. Please give a chance to the livestock, especially the animals like donkeys and camels. Here is the detail of the sad story ‘KILLING OF INNOCENT DONKEY IN AUSTRALIA’ and I appeal once again to please join our hand and voice. The link of the petition is in the link.

Policy Level Dilemma

The agricultural policymakers only consider the money as the return of the farming. They do not care about the hidden negative costs (factory farming) and the potential hidden benefits (grazing livestock) of livestock farming.

World Camels’ Day and The Ghan’s Camels

Being part of the Ghans, it gives me immense pleasure having pictures of camels from Australia. The Afghan people introduced camel in Australia, so they call it animal of Ghan. Ghan is also very famous train route crossing the central desert of Australia. The camels were used that time to install the railway and telephone lines. After the automobile revolution, the camels were gradually left in the rangelands because of very little use in the country for work.

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The camel looks like Kohi camel of Suleiman Mountainous region of Pakistan.

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Kohi camel of Suleiman Mountainous region of Pakistan

Once the Australian government decided to decrease the number of camels and started killing this precious animals.. With the concerns of the international camel community (author was part of this struggle), some people and organizations came forward to bring this animal into hobbling and food production systems (meat and milk). My friend Paul has sent me the pictures of his camels brought from the jungle. He is bringing camels from feral, train them and use for milk or gift to friends. Thanks Pol for such a precious gift at the eve of the World Camel Day (22 June).

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Mammoth sized camel of Australia, can be a good source of meat

Thanks Pol and Happy Camel Day to all camel lovers

Camel milk potential for South Australia

The camel milk is finding its way in the new world  (from sand dunes of Arabia to the western world) because of its hidden treasures of health promising ingredients. Traditionally used for complex and diverse diseases in its habitat, camel milk is now praising in the Western world both by modern families and the Scientists. New small and medium enterprises in USA (Oasis Camel Dairy) and EU (Holland) with the production of camel milk is emerging. The demand is very high and the owners (personal communication) received emails and phone calls from different places to ensure availability of this precious milk for their kids with Autism.

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Unique Benefits of Camel Milk

Not only is camel milk a “super food” nutritionally, it is antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-autism 1  and has anti-carcinogenic effects; thus millions are turning to this unparalleled dairy product. Additionally, these desert animals are not threatened by climate change and a growing dependence on them can remain sustainable. Human health challenges such as Ebola can be better assisted with camel milk, especially with less nourished populations.

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Hannah Purs preparing camel for milking. Credit to Hannah Purs


Camel milk is special and unique as camel itself; it contains a higher quantity of noble elements (lactoferrin, Vitamin C, Zn, Insulin-like protein, and calcium etc.) and deficient in damaging substances (cholesterol, calories, and lactose etc.). Lactoferrin2 is iron-containing protein (recently found by scientists in such a high level in camel milk) has been shown to have antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-carcinogenic effects. As camel milk, lactoferrin is unique itself. The world of lactoferrin is continuously exploring by the scientists and diverse health benefits are being investigated. DSC00315

Vitamin C is well known for its anti-infectious qualities and usually found in citrus fruits. As citrus are rarely available in deserted ecosystems, nature gifted these precious ingredients in the form of camel milk. Zinc is a vital part of many enzymes (300) of the human body. This vital mineral is necessary for almost all the important activities of the human body. The high concentration of insulin-like protein (encapsulated in fats) enables it to pass safely from the acidic environment of the stomach. The safe absorption of such protein is instrumental in a high level of insulin in the blood which helps in subsidizing sugar level. Camel! A One in All Creatures. The anti-diabetic attributes of camel milk can be linked with its browsing habits as camel eats from the herbaceous, salt tolerant, drought resistant and nutrients rich plants of its ecosystem. Camel milk is a touchy health promising natural formula for the pregnant woman (low fats and high Ca) and infants/children (as low lactose and high Ca).

IMG_20160423_100505Being rich with unique proteins (lactoferrin and insulin-like protein), camel milk is a blessing for the patients without any side effects. Camel milk has one-way action; that is health promising. The drug one take from the pharmacy can only treat some specific disease with the high danger of side effects while camel milk is rich with natural medicine and full of needed nutrient for nourishment and good will of the body. The holy Quran has well defined the camel as; do they not look at the camel, how strange it is made.

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