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Camel cull sparks worldwide outcry

Published: 5:42PM Thursday December 03, 2009 Source: AAP

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UK residents outraged by plans to cull some 6,000 camels are warning other Europeans against visiting Australia.

Online discussion forums, which describe Australia as a third world country, have been running hot since it was revealed last week that residents in a small central Australian community were being held hostage by a herd of thirsty, marauding camels.

The Northern Territory government announced last week it would conduct an emergency cull of some 6,000 feral camels at a cost of $49,000.

NT Local Government Minister Rob Knight has since received hate mail from around the world.

Docker River, 500km south west of Alice Springs, has been inundated by thousands of wild camels in recent weeks.

As well as smashing water infrastructure in their hunt for moisture, the quality of drinking water in the town is being threatened by the decaying bodies of camels that have been trampled by their herd.

The UK Times Online last week posted a story about the camel siege, which prompted an influx of public comment.