Last December I came across a tidbit about Australia's exploding camel population entitled: If You Can't Beat Them, Eat Them. A curious piece, the article was chalk full of info on the estimated million-plus feral camels running amok Down Under. Apparently this booming Aussie camel population is threatening fragile ecosystems and endangering both indigenous species and rare plants. Also, it turns out the camel's asshole is (I kid you not) a dangerous orifice whose gaseous emissions contributes to global warming. Further, these even-toed ungulates really like to... um, err, well hump like rabbits. In fact, they are humping so much that their population doubles every nine years.
"Wow," I said at the time, "horny humping camels, who would thunk it?" Also, who would have thunk that a study on the environmental threat posed by the camels to an already kangaroo polluted habitat would recommend "the best way to bring down the quickly multiplying population is to add the one-humped ferals to the human food chain." Certainly not I.
An "excellent health food" it was said. The meat, "lean as lean" was compared to filetmignon and, we were told - "Word has it ... that the hump is the tastiest part; so delicious is the mound of fatty tissue that some people prefer it raw." Oh, yummy - raw humps!
Well that was last December - and I distinctly remember chuckling at the time. Then yesterday, I come across this. "Wow," I say to self, "seems Australia has abandoned the 'eat camel and eat it often' strategy." Obviously "Operation: Slip another hump on the barbie" has failed - the Aussie palate has not embraced camel kabob's and, as a result, the camel population keeps burgeoning. Oh no, what to do, what to do? Hm, well, apparently THIS: "Thousands of camels in Australia's remote Outback could be killed by marksmen in helicopters under a government proposal aimed at cutting down the population of the havoc-wreaking creatures. [....] Besides sending in sharpshooters in helicopters and on foot, officials are considering proposals to turn some of the creatures into tasty treats such as camel burgers." Oh, yummy, a win-win, can a McDonald's McCamel be far behind?
As for bullets raining down from the sky? Is it a inhumane approach? Well no worries, Tony Peacock, CEO of the University of Canberra's Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Center, laid all such concerns to rest when averred: "To be shot from a helicopter is actually quite humane, ... If I was a camel, I'd prefer to just get it in the head."
Clearly, in Australia, the only good camel is a dead camel.