Australia kills 5,000 camels over environmental concerns

The cull came as Australia experienced its hottest and driest year on record in 2019, with the severe drought causing some towns to run out of water and fuelling deadly bushfires that have devastated the country's southeast. PHOTO | FAISAL AL-NASSER | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Camels were first introduced to Australia in the 1840s to aid in the exploration of the continent's vast interior, with up to 20,000 imported from India in the six decades that followed.
  • The animals are considered a pest, as they foul water sources and trample native flora while foraging for food over vast distances each day.

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