Saturday, August 8, 2009
In the classic Lewis Carroll novel, Alice in Wonderland, the infamous Queen of Hearts would shout a mere, "Off with their heads!" and her next victim would be immediately executed, just because she had no other idea what to do with these people. Is this the solution to the 21st century problems of overpopulation?
Throughout the years, there have been several cases of overpopulation - whether it be humans or animals. Since I just got back from my trip to Sydney, Australia, I was looking into some interesting articles about Australia, and what do you know, I find an article discussing camel population.
Apparently, Australia is home to a vast amount of camels in its region. These camels are harmful to the natural environment as they eat much of the vegetation and scare the locals when hunting for water. According to Yahoo! News, the population doubles "every nine years"! Camels can grow up to seven feet tall and can even weigh up to 2000 pounds! That's a lot of weight. Therefore, the Australian governments have decided to spend millions of dollars to hunt down these camels and minimize the population. However, this solution may only be temporary? How many camels can you really kill? What makes you so certain they won't just repopulate in the next several decades? Nothing is permanent, but can Australia really afford to spend another $16 million (U.S.) when the population starts to increase again?
Poor camels, it's not their fault they breed rapidly and have large bodies!
Is it right to just kill these animals to help prevent damages and protect the people living in camel-territory? Send in your thoughts!
Posted by Ashtyn at 9:47 PM