The Strange Case of Animal Welfare in Australia

On the one hand it has been announced that due to the death of 20 horses in jump races in the last 2 years the state of Victoria is banning jump racing in 2010.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8382072.stm

On the other they have announced that 6000 feral camels are going to be culled in the Northern Territory next week because they are damaging water supplies locally.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/26/australia-thirsty-camels-animal-welfare

If it wasn’t the end of a very long and tiring week I might know what I even begin to think about these stories.  The cull of camels using helicopters and guns sounds awfully distressing, not to mention the piles of enormous dead camels?  Apparently there are over one million such camels across Australia so the cull is a drop in the ocean anyway.  As a non-native breed now causing such problems it makes me thankful we only have the grey squirrel and myxomatosis to worry about.

Posted on November 27, 2009, in Horse racing, Jump racing, News and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. and muntjac and mink.

    There will be more. My point is, none are the size of camels. I once stood by at a government run camel farm in Bikaner, India as a herd stampeded back in for their tea. It was a frightening sight so I can understand the local residents staying inside.

  2. They do. There was a petition about that last year I think. Apparently the horse is not a native species in Australia either…

    I suppose something has to be done, such a shame though. If there wasn’t a drought maybe this wouldn’t have arisen. I wonder if it is anything to do with global warming.

  3. Difficult to debate, without touching on the fox/badger equivalent in the UK. Although native and not quite as threatening to the human population in terms of drinking our water, control is still vital for the farming community.

    I think you’re going to lose your head entirely if you try to put both of these issues (i.e. banning jump racing versus control of animals living in the wild. I think they’re very different.

  4. Sorry, last para is a bit garbled – blame the anaesthetic!

  5. I thought Rudi was in charge of the final solution to the grey squirrels problem…

  6. “Sorry, last para is a bit garbled – blame the anaesthetic!”

    I understood – I was aware of the apples and oranges nature of the post, but I wonder if over-sentimentality can lead to the problems they have with the Brumbies and camels…

    I hope you have been able to drink without a straw now – poor thing x

  7. I thought Rudi was in charge of the final solution to the grey squirrels problem…

    Rudi assures me he only catches the gray variety! He thinks he wouldn’t mind having a go at a camel or two either.

  8. Ollie only likes the chase. He runs straight past stationary animals and if they so much as squawk he backs straight off. I think he is a softie at heart!

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