A Camel SOS Call from the Outreach of Australia

Please help and support our cause to save the camels in Australia from mass shooting.

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.

The camels killed in the remote regions of Australia.

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.

For more understanding, visit the page of Paddy as; http://www.paddymchugh.com/?fbclid=IwAR2s2Qn1XOgsUZrJwbhkwe6W9H6_i9gYr98G1J78mntgNqlXhRxLn10V9Mc

The Milking Camels of Australia~World Camel’s Day Gift

The beautiful series of World Camel’s Day (WCD) is continue. The recent updates are received by Hannah Purss from Australia. She is telling about her camel journey and the milking camels of Australia. Here is her article in the ensuing lines.

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The disciplined Camel walking on grass instead of sand

“I was first introduced to camels when I was working in Central Australia, a hot, semi-arid region of the country. As I learnt about the valuable contribution camels made to Australia’s development, and the current wild population in the Australian deserts I realized what a valuable, yet wasted, commodity we have here. Dromedary camels do not roam free in other countries as they do in Australia, we are the only country that is yet to recognize their value. Here in Australia, wild camels are said to be in numbers above 300,000.  Most farmers and landholders that have access to wild camel populations view them as a pest, are uninterested in camels or are unsure of how to work with them.

 In 2014, Evan Casey and I founded Australian Camel Solutions Pty Ltd, a company that is based on solid and progressive camel handling and the development of the camel industry in Australia.

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The safe and friendly transportation of camels

 In Queensland, in Australia’s east, we have co-founded The Australian Wild Camel Corporation Pty Limited, a commercial scale camel dairy company. Being on the east coast of Australia means we can be closely linked with universities, academics and various dairy, camelid and veterinary experts.

We have been in operation for around six months now. We are having the most remarkable experience putting our theories and plans into practice, and as a team we are learning more each day.

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Hannah Caring her camels

Currently we are milking over 50 camels and as we move into Australian calving season, we hope to increase that number rapidly. The training program we use to bring camels from completely wild and out of the desert into our milking herd was developed by our company, Australian Camel Solutions, and is based on body language and the communication methods we’ve picked up from the camels themselves. In our dairy training program, we don’t use ropes or restraints on the animals which has helped us tremendously in the speed we can train them, and in keeping their stress levels down during the process. On farm, we have a vibrant, young team and it is especially exciting for me to see them growing in their camel handling skills and their passion for the industry. At TAWCC, we are passionate about fostering a supportive and progressive camel community.

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The Camel Milk

We have been conducting lots of product development – from fresh milk, to ice cream, yogurt and more. Our milk is currently being used to produce our own brand of camel milk soaps and skincare products. The skincare products are currently available only in selected stores, but very soon we will have them more readily available in Australian stores, online and hopefully around the world.

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The Happy, Healthy, Alert and Beautiful Camels of Australia

A very Happy World Camel Day from Australia!”

Hannah Purss, Australian Camel Solutions PTY LTD

www.camelmilkaus.com

Pahwal or Gaddai camel

Pahwal or Gaddai camel

This breed of camel belong to Pashtun/Afghan Kochis (nomads). They travel from central Afghanistan to north-east Balochistan. Some nomads even cross Suleiman mountains and inter in Indus delta. Some tribes of the Kochis cross Bolan pass and enter in Kachhi area of Balochistan and some go further and inter in Sindh province.
Unfortunately, some Kochis are leaving camel culture and adapted tractors for luggage transportation because of the hinders in the historic routes and war and conflict in the region.

Camel is one of the important modes of transportation for the nomad (Kochis) who travels longer with their livestock, especially sheep and goats. The Gaddai or Pahwal breed of camel is unique of its kind and highly resistant to foot rots in cold wet weather, walks longer distances and can exist in cold and wet weather with scarce feed and water resources. The word Gaddai is derived from Pashtu (the Afghan Kochis mother tongue), meaning compact and round. Pahwal is the word use for Kochis in some Pashtun tribes. The milk production potential is lower, ranges from 3-10 liter per day but the higher variation is the option hope of a medium dairy potential.

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The Afghan nomad with their Gaddai camel’s herd in their winter destination of Thal Duki, Lorelai district of Balochistan

As this breed of camel belongs to Pashtun/Afghan Kochis (nomads), therefore, they travel from central Afghanistan to north-east Balochistan. Some nomads even cross Suleiman mountains and enter in Indus delta (Punjab province of Pakistan). Characterization and significance of Raigi camel, a livestock breed of the Pashtoon pastoral people in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Some tribes of the Kochis cross Bolan pass and enter in Kachhi area of Balochistan and some go further and enter in Sindh province, use the Indus river banks and adjoining areas for grazing of their livestock and the nomads work in the crops of local farmers.

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A view of the Gaddai camel in the Kakar Khurasan region of Pakistan

Unfortunately, some Kochis are leaving camel culture and adapted tractors for luggage transportation because of the hinders in the historic routes and war and conflict in the region. Also, the land grabbers deforested the Indus banks and grabbed the lands for the cropping, especially the cotton crop.Floods, river Indus and the local livestock breeds in Pakistan

 

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Some tribes replaced camels with the tractors, while the others use a donkey for this purpose. The donkey is equally good and strong transport animal but the longer distances really need the incredible camel.

This breed is under threat because of many reasons, all are manmade. Gaddai is one of the strongest breed/lines of a camel in the region. The British empire chose this breed of the camel to export to the Australia and used in terrain rugs of the country for heavy transport. The Australian camels are mainly composed of this breed.