Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

3 Bumps

Kill a Camel? In the name of being "green" and saving the environment? Where do YOU draw the line?

 

As scientists and environmentalists in Australia search for ways to reduce that nation's greenhouse gas emissions, some have suggested killing many of the estimated 1.2 million wild camels that now roam there.

We have to confess to not knowing that: a) there are 1.2 million feral camels in Australia and that the population is expected to reach 2 million by 2020; and b) that they are major contributors to the emission of greenhouse gases.

But the Australian government's Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency has released a long study on the issue.

Apparently, a camel produces an estimated 100 pounds of methane a year, which is about the same as 1.1 ton of carbon dioxide in terms of the greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the report says, they are trampling and eating all sorts of vegetation.

Answer Question
 
grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 5:44 PM on Jun. 9, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

Level 39 (106,530 Credits)
Answers (21)
  • Do the camels not have natural predators that keep their numbers down? (Apparently not...otherwise there wouldn't be so many.) What happened to these predators?

    Seems to me that just going out and killing won't solve anything. What would they do with all those bodies?
    hopeandglory53

    Answer by hopeandglory53 at 5:49 PM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • It sounds like these camels are causing more problems than just their gas emmisions. I don't see a problem with thinning out a population of animals that probably doesn't have too many natural predators.
    scout_mom

    Answer by scout_mom at 5:49 PM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • "And what does the report suggest be done? Sharpshooters, AP says, "could earn so-called carbon credits for slaughtering camels. Industrial polluters around the world then could buy the credits to offset their own carbon emissions."


    I'm torn on this...  I can see where (as in other animal control issues) this could be a solution...  But in the name of being "green"?  Really?  

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 5:53 PM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • And what happens when too many have been killed, all in the name of being "green", that they become endangered?
    hopeandglory53

    Answer by hopeandglory53 at 5:56 PM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • And what happens when too many have been killed, all in the name of being "green", that they become endangered


     


    Exactly, what animal will be next? Cows? Horses? Dogs? other pets? When and where will they draw the line?

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 6:02 PM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 6:03 PM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • Weren't there "green" scientists who called for eating the family dog as an effort to go green? Ohh yea, there was....

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 6:06 PM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • WTF has happened to this world? People have gone crazy.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 6:23 PM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • Why don't we solve the problem by killing off all the green nazi's? That would eliminate a lot of methane gas. They spew shit every time they open their mouth's
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 6:24 PM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • Oh yeah, blame the camels for our emissions problem. Give me a break.
    bloomsr

    Answer by bloomsr at 6:32 PM on Jun. 9, 2011

Join CafeMom now to contribute your answer and become part of our community. It's free and takes just a minute.
close Join now to connect to
other members!
Connect with Facebook or Sign Up Using Email

Already Joined? LOG IN