15 Jan Don’t shoot the messenger! Camels are not to blame – climate change is. Top dairy farmer says camels are the future for Australia – not the problem.
January 15, 2020, Queensland, Australia – As fire services, farmers and home-owners battle against raging bushfires which continue to devastate ecosystems, farms and livestock, homes and livelihoods; opportunistic parties are cashing in on these tragedies to divert funding from state governments to cull thousands of innocent camels.
Australia`s leading camel farm – and the world`s biggest camel milk producer outside of the Middle East – calls on the government and involved parties to stop culling camels and recognise them as an asset with huge market potential and an opportunity to secure sustainable livelihoods for many indigenous communities. They are not a threat.
“To speak in language government understands – shooting camels is like shooting the canary in the coal mine! Camels can survive longer than any other animal without water – so when wild camels come out of the bush to search for water, we know we are in trouble and that our climate is changing and our beautiful land is seriously at risk.” Said Jeff Flood, CEO of Summer Land Camels in Queensland.
Australia is facing unprecedented drought and bushfires. Although fires have killed millions of animals, plants and insects, the government now is actively financing the killing of thousands more, apparently because like horses, cows, sheep, goats and rabbits, camels are not indigenous.
Traditional farming of domestic and milk producing animals often relies on intensive breeding, cross breeding, extensive use of chemical inputs and medications. Australian camels have incredible hybrid vigour. A naturally selected blend of genetics from right across the world, Australian camels have adapted to perfectly suit Australian ecosystems.
This makes Australian camels unique and one of the strongest healthiest breeds in the world, with less parasites, diseases or other common afflictions, than any other camels globally, which are now mostly domesticated.
“Instead of shooting camels – and allowing opportunists to cash in on these tragedies by diverting funding from state governments to profit from culling thousands of innocent animals – the government should work with us to turn this invaluable resource and unique healthy gene pool into a real export market to help indigenous and other drought-stricken communities across Australia. China and beyond are crying out for camel milk!” He added.
Camel milk is one of the world`s fastest growing dairy product markets. According to the latest IMARC Group report, the GCC – market size reached US$ 447.9 Million in 2018 and growing rapidly. Camel dairy products are gaining rapid popularity among health-conscious consumers because of the high nutritional value and its suitability for those with dairy intolerance as compared to the conventional dairy products.
Whilst lower milk yields per animal, herd management cost and operational challenge position the price of camel milk higher than traditional cow milk, the immense health benefits of camel milk significantly outweigh the higher prices. Camel milk has several times more iron and vitamin C compared to cow’s milk, is lower in cholesterol, fat and has higher quantity of proteins.
Medical research also suggests that camel milk creates a positive impact on children with autism to live a better life. It boosts immunity, reduce systemic inflammation, help to control eczema, diabetes, anaemia, balance cholesterol levels and treat food allergies.
Camels thrive in Australia. Their soft feet, like Australian native animals, have less impact on ecosystems and they produce less climate impacting methane than other livestock. Camels eat every noxious weed introduced to Australia and make more sense to farm in Australia than introduced European livestock.
To farm these gentle animals in Australia, camel milk producers actively rescue wild camels from inhumane slaughter and gently domesticate to form lasting bonds and positive working relationships. Camels milk is closer to human breast milk in its health-giving properties and structure and Summer Land carefully processes its camel milk through into products that support the gut, skin and well-being of consumers.
For comment call Jeff Flood: +61 419 601 459 www.summerlandcamels.com.au
(or National communications – Suzie Trajanovska +61 480 162 519; International communications advisor – Samantha Bolton on +41 79 239 2366 @sambolton007)
How do camels compare to other feral animals in Australia?
- Feral camels – Approximately 500,000 feral, wild or unmanaged camels roam Australia.
- Feral pigs – approximately 27,000,000 just in Queensland alone. Why aren’t we shooting feral pigs? Feral pigs eat sea turtle eggs off Queensland beaches, leading to a massive reduction in sea turtles on the barrier reef, resulting in more poisonous jelly fish as the baby sea turtles eat the small highly poisonous jelly fish. Why cull camels and not feral pigs?
- Feral cats – over 68,000,000 estimated in Queensland alone. Feral cats eat 1-2 native animals every week. That’s 68 – 140 million native animals every week going down the throat of a feral cat. Why aren’t we shooting feral cats?
- Feral horses and donkeys – approximately 2,400,000 feral horses + 2,300,000 feral donkeys
- Feral cattle – approximately 1,500,000 feral cattle just in the National parks.
- Feral goats – over 20,000,000 –now being semi-managed to sell as meat to overseas markets.
- Feral foxes, rabbits, hares, cane toads – all far more ecologically damaging than camels.
ABOUT: Summer Land Camels is owned and operated by The Australian Wild Camel Corporation (TAWCC). TAWCC purchased Summer Land Camel Farm in 2015. TAWCC operates the largest commercial Camel Dairy and Milk processing, Camel breeding and farming operation outside of the Middle East. The Australian Wild Camel Corporation was established to respond to the growing consumer demand for organic, high quality, safe, nutritious, dairy alternatives. Australian is geographically, climatically and ecologically ideal for Camels. Growing global demand for Camel Meat, milk and non-pharmaceutical Nutraceuticals. Growing demand for organic, quality products to treat immune and inflammatory conditions and to provide non-toxic skincare. Summer Land Camels is Australia’s largest and most awarded Camel Dairy.