Farting camels on carbon hit list
Camels have no natural predators in Australia.
June 9th, 2011
02:42 PM ET

Farting camels on carbon hit list

OK, so apparently Australia's interior desert is overrun with more than a million camels that nobody owns.

Furthermore, Australia is looking for ways to reduce its agricultural greenhouse gas emissions under something known as the Carbon Farming Initiative.

How are these facts related, you say? We're glad you asked.

It seems these feral camels are known to, well, emit a lot of greenhouse gases, if you get our meaning.

In response, an Australian entrepreneur has submitted a proposal to the initiative to improve the air down under by shooting the dromedaries where they stand.

Or, as a headline on the Australian blog The Register concisely put it: FARTING DEATH CAMELS MUST DIE.

Dr. Tim Moore, managing director of a company called Northwest Carbon, proposes "removal" of all of the methane-spewing ships of the desert.

The document defines "removal" as "an activity ... that causes the untimely demise of the feral animal (camel) through humane means."

Among those means are shooting the camels from helicopters and four-wheelers, and rounding them up for slaughter and use as food for humans and pets.

"The project abatement methodology meets the CFI requirements for additionality, permanence, avoidance of leakage, measureable and verifiable emissions reductions, conservative estimation of benefit, is consistent with international accounting procedures, and is well supported by peer-reviewed literature," the proposal states.

The document acknowledges that the helicopters, four-wheelers and abattoirs will burn fossil fuels in the process of culling the camels, which many Australians consider plant-trampling nuisances that compete with cattle herds and native species for pasture land.

Conservationists and animal rights activists are divided on the plan. While there's no question the non-native species wreaks havoc on the environment, vegans say cattle farms are far worse.

Dromedaries (single-humped camels) were imported to Australia in the 19th century from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan to help build roads and railroads, according to the Daily Mail.

Mark Dreyfus, parliamentary secretary for climate change, told the Daily Mail the government is taking the proposal under consideration.

"I'm confident the proposal, now before the government, will get the go-ahead," Moore told the Daily Mail. "We're a nation of innovators and we find innovative solutions to our challenges. This is just a classic example."

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    People fart too. Let's kill every person that farts.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      Bean eating vegans fart more than the rest of us.

      June 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice

      How can people be so vain and ignorant, what is this world coming to? People are the casue of these excessive green house gases. The solution isn't to kill innocent animals. Humans need to stop being so wasteful and educate themselves on how to reduce they're carbon foot print. For instance plant more tree's, change electricity providers and switch to buying from renewable sources, push legislatures and the government work on alternative projects such as solar wind energy or reforestation. I can't beleive people take such things like this lightly and make jokes about these topics. The human race is destroying this world and were all paying for it. Look around at all the distructin and suffering were causing. This is no joke. People need to stand up for defensless animals who have no voice to defend themselves. We release gas too even more than they do. Would people be ok if they decided to down size and kill the human race. I don't think so!

      June 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mmmmm

    Sell "gourmet" camel meat or export them back to Africa.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Canadian Genius

    As far as I know, they are still fighting a losing battle trying to eliminate the non-native rabbits. Good luck with those camels, Aussies.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jason

    Poor camels. Wish there was another way.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MannyZ

    There are many other sources of carbon, like cars. Killing nature should not be the first choice.
    Do not kill them !

    June 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Everybody farts. Especially trolls. But trolls eat their own farts so its ok. Hahahahahahaha

    June 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Josie

    Good post Cesar, thank you. Hahahahahahahahah

    June 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat2u

    Do you remember some years back when the actually had scientists following cows around so they could measure the amount of methane these animals were releasing into the atmosphere ? Our tax dollars at work. Old people do a lot of farting too. Should we shoot them where they stand also ?

    June 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rich

    How can you not make jokes....there farting camels.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rich

    Sorry, their.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      I think you mean "they're".

      June 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SM

    There should be more comments on these real issues. Instead of all the irelevant things such as celebrities. Making the rich richer, and the poor poorer. How can people think this is normal. The government's first aproach is to just kill these beautiful innocent animals. Why not kill yourselves we create more greenhouse gasses than animals!

    June 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SM

    Everything living farts. Even plants release gasses. You fart to. Would you like if they'd kill you?

    June 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rich

    Dang, they're.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar


    June 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    I say we need to go into brisbayne and melbourne at night time with some good mustard gas release it create collateral damage and our friends the camels can go on farting and living happily everafter

    June 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
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