Authorities began a mass cull of camels in the state of South Australia on Thursday as the animals threaten the water and food supplies of indigenous communities.
The five-day cull is taking place in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands — an area in the state of South Australia that is home to around 2,300 indigenous people.
The state’s environment department is assisting with the cull, which involves the use of “aerial shooters” or trained snipers in helicopters.
Some 1,500 camels were killed on the first day of the cull on Thursday, Richard King, the general manager for APY Lands, told news agency DPA.
As a result, “up to 10,000 camels will be destroyed in accordance with the highest standards of animal welfare,” the APY Lands executive committee said in a statement.
According to the BBC Report Some feral horses will also be killed.