7 Aug 2010

Camel cull intended in central Australia

2:58 pm on 7 August 2010

The government in the Northern Territory of Australia is aiming to cull 60,000 camels in central Australia.

Some 2000 of the estimated 300,000 camels in the territory have already been culled since June through aerial shooting.

Environment Minister Karl Hampton says the number of camels will double within a decade unless immediate action is taken.

As well as destroying native vegetation, he says, feral camels damage pastoral land and infrastructure.