In recent years, South Australia, New South Wales, and Queensland have experienced increasing temperatures and below-average levels of rain. Live Science, a science news website that features groundbreaking developments in science, space, technology, health, the environment, culture, and history, reported that South Australia got less in the past 11 months than at any other point in recorded history. As a result, the continent has become susceptible to extreme weather events due to increasing heat and lower precipitation.
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This unusually dry season has already affected humans and animals, particularly camels. Reports showed that camels have become a massive problem in several regions in Australia. Struggling to survive a drought in the region, the camels have damaged infrastructure and native vegetation. They have contaminated water and cultural sites. The camels have also endangered families and increased grazing pressure at a time of extreme heat and drought.
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"We have been stuck in stinking hot and uncomfortable conditions, feeling unwell, because all the camels are coming in and knocking down fences, getting in around the houses, and trying to get water through air conditioners. They are roaming the streets looking for water. We are worried about the safety of the young children; they think it is fun to chase the camels, but it is of course very dangerous,” APY executive board member Marita Baker said.
Thus, last year, the authorities along with the indigenous elders in South Australia decided to kill the feral camels. This was their urgent response to the threats caused to communities due to an increasing number of these animals. "The culling operation was a last-resort measure to try and control the feral pests in accordance with the highest standards of animal welfare," authorities said.
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According to newsweek.com, an online site that provides in-depth analysis, news, and opinion about international issues, technology, business, culture, and politics, more than 5,000 wild camels were shot dead earlier this month in an aerial operation in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) area governed by Aboriginal Australians in the remote northwest of South Australia. Since many animal rights activists stated that this was not the best solution to the problem, APY General Manager Richard King said, "There is significant misinformation about the realities of life for non-native feral animals, in what is among the aridest and remote places on Earth."