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. Maxine

    Oh, for heaven's sake! Farting camels? My God, why is this news?
    My husband farts more than the woodwind section of the Boston Pops!
    Take HIS ass out first!
    He has camel breath, too, if that will help anyone load their gun faster....

    June 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just saying.....

      O! Lordy Maxine – nearly wet myself laughing. Between you and the article I gotta go NOW!!

      June 10, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Wasted1

    Can Palin fly a helicopter and shoot at the same time? It seems like a good fit. Surely you could benefit from her "hunting" skills. When she eventually grows bored with shooting different defenseless animals, please find something else for her to do.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe Moore

    Global warming! What a joke.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Henry

    Yea, global warming. What a joke.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe Camel

    What the Hell?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mallmom

    Talk about lame. Feed the idiot that came up with this one a bucket of beans and call the Tundra Tart to come over and save the planet. I'd pay to watch that one

    June 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Elizabeth

    Dumb concern, dumb idea.

    June 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    To fart or not to fart, that is the question.

    June 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzzzzzzz

    spontaneous combuston, comes to mind wonder if animals ever get that. LOL thank... thank you very muchhhhhh.

    June 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Iamrightyouarewrong

    Oompa loompa dupity doo Australians  got a problem what should they do. Too many camels with way to much gas. Eating the grasslands then blow it out their a/s/s. Global warming they must act fast. Slaughter the b/a/s/t/a/r/d/s it's their only hope. Heres an idea maybe it will work. Charge them 4 bucks just to eat the grass. Their only camels what can they  say. I can only hope there as smart as me and you. Out with Obama when it's time to vote. Check republican like the like the smart ones will do. 

    June 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Eddy James San Francisco

    And after the Camels,there are those gassy Kangaroos . and least we forget the Mexicans at the taco stand. and the cabbage sucking Koreans and Irish. but even better than all of those would be the "3 bean salad eating crowd" at the Capital.

    June 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Crikey!

    One farted for so long it's hump deflated! baddaboom!

    June 9, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Vicki

    Bloody hell. Camels cutting wind? Best stay up wind.

    June 9, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jay

    are these camels filtered or non-filtered. My dad always told me camels would kill me....little did I know what he meant at the time.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. The Fonze

    Ayyyyy

    June 10, 2011 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
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