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Camel cull a lost trade opportunity

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Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott says a plan to cull 650,000 feral camels and leave their corpses in the desert is a lost trade opportunity. The Federal Government gave $19 million to Alice Springs' Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre to shoot the wild camels from helicopters. Scott says the government has issued a quick fix, without acknowledging that the hundreds of thousands of animals to be killed could be a source of export revenue through their meat and their milk. The Queensland MP said there were already abattoirs processing camel meat, while "shooting them from helicopters means their corpses are left to rot in the sun, which attracts feral pigs and wild dogs - two pests that pose a far worse problem to agriculture than do camels."

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