KATHMANDU, Jan 15: Animal rights activists in Nepal have expressed concern over the plan of Australian government to kill at least 10,000 camels in view of addressing the problem of acute water shortage caused due to the widespread bushfire.
During their meeting with Australian Ambassador to Nepal Peter Budd at his official residence in Kathmandu on Monday, the animal rights activists also conveyed their condolence to the Australian government over the loss of human life as well as the loss of life of millions of wildlife due to the bushfire which have been spreading since the past few months.
While expressing gratitude for the Australian government for taking initiatives to rescue the animals affected by the bushfire, they drew concern over the plan to kill 10,000 camels. They also urged the Australian government to put additional efforts to protect wildlife and strengthen environment-related laws.
Australian authorities earlier announced to kill about 10,000 camels after complaints from the locals that the thirsty animals are endangering them as the camels desperately search for water. Aboriginal officials in the remote areas of South Australia had approved the cull.
The delegation of animal rights activists consisted of representatives of religious organizations as well as well animal welfare organizations.
While thanking the delegation for showing concern over the suffering of the animals as a result of bushfire, Ambassador Budd said that his government was serious about the sufferings of wild animals.