Australia: Let's Kill Camels to Save Planet
Government wants to offer carbon credits in exchange for wiping them out
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2011 8:56 AM CDT
In this undated photo released by the Northern Territory government, camels are seen crowded around a drinking trough in MacDonnell Shire of the Northern Territory, Australia.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Meet another global warming bad-guy: the lowly camel. Australia's government is pitching a proposal in which it would be a-OK to kill camels in the name of reducing greenhouse gas emissions—and in exchange for cash. The AP reports that in one year's time, just six of these creatures will burp about 600 pounds of methane into the air, which is roughly equivalent to the amount of CO2 a car produces in the same amount of time. With a population of 1.2 million wild camels, the country sees them as a big problem.

And it's a problem that's growing: The number of camels doubles every nine years despite culls, according to government estimates. The proposal, released for public comment this week, would allow hunters to slaughter camels for meat as well as for carbon credits; industrial polluters would then buy the credits from these sharpshooters to offset their own carbon emissions. Killing the methane-belching animals from a helicopter in exchange for carbon credits would be legit, too, so long as the camel was killed humanely and its carcass abandoned.

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Jun 9, 2011 12:28 PM CDT
This is a better idea: Have all the government officials let loose out on the outback and everyone go hunting them in helicopters. They blow enough hot air full of carbon emissions to clean up the environment.
Jun 9, 2011 11:11 AM CDT
Wonder how they taste in a burger bun ? Mmmmmm Camel.
Jun 9, 2011 11:06 AM CDT
Some perspective here people. As an Australian who spent time in the outback growing up, I can tell you they are a pest and they destroy shit bigtime. Don't tell me they are part of the Australian environment. They are not native. They are a pain in the ass just like rabbits, also not native. Just read the articles before passing judgment. (edit) and in the areas they are going to cull them from, meat is not an option, too remote and too long to get them to refrigerator trucks. They will be well eaten by others in the food chain, no matter where they are left. And you can call me................Mr Joshua