Society suffers when government protects pests

Australian camels are well adapted to thrive in the dry heart of Australia, but landowners have been unable to harvest them profitably for meat, leather, racing, or genetics.  With no real predators, camel numbers ballooned.  They did reduce wildfire risk in parks by consuming excess vegetation, but during drought, starving, thirsty camels become pests, invading neighboring pastures and water supplies and destroying fences.  So the federal government pays helicopter sharpshooters to shoot hundreds of them, leaving carcasses to rot.  A similar fate awaits Kosciusko Park brumbies. At the same time, nearer to the coast, hungry kangaroos trash irrigated pastures and help themselves to dwindling water supplies, but landowners are forbidden to cull them, and red tape and quotas hamper those licensed to harvest them for natural chemical-free meat.  Graziers are forced to destock in droughts — kangaroos should also be...(Read Full Post)
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