Tax the wealthy. Problem solved.

Are camels edible?

Australia is planning a big camel kill since they are pesky animals.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091126/ap_on_re_as/as_australia_thirsty_camels

Leaving the carcasses to rot in the desert? Why can't they be dried into jerky and donated to the poor?

Also, how come if an aboriginal shoots a camel, it is a crime?
Permalink CC 
November 26th, 2009 2:50am
It's also interesting that they set aside $19 million for this project, of which $45,000 will be given to hunters, and the rest is for administration.
Permalink CC 
November 26th, 2009 2:52am
It was striking to me that, "Camels invade remote settlements in search of water, scaring residents as they tear apart bathrooms and rip up water pipes."

They have a real nose for water. I did not realize their instincts are so powerful they will dig for water if necessary. How do they detect the existence of water pipes? Is this not evidence that dowsing is legitimate, or at least possible?
Permalink CC 
November 26th, 2009 2:54am
They're as much a pest as rabbits or feral cats:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_feral_camel

pigs, hares, foxes, cane toads, deer, horses, water buffalo, goats ...


... and yes, camels are edible if that wiki is to be believed.
Permalink trollop 
November 26th, 2009 5:11am
Holy shit! They have a million camels, the number doubles every 9 years, and there is a photo of a huge camel train PULLING AN ENTIRE HOUSE.
Permalink CC 
November 26th, 2009 5:42am
Easier than harnessing roos - or rats.
Permalink trollop 
November 26th, 2009 5:58am
Dunno about the whole camel, I usually settle for cameltoe.
Permalink FrakBuccaneer 
November 26th, 2009 7:01am
Camels are edible. They're just not kosher.

>Camel meat is also occasionally found in Australian cuisine, for example, a camel lasagne is available in Alice Springs.


>A camel carcass can provide a substantial amount of meat. The male dromedary carcass can weigh 400 kg (900 lb) or more, while the carcass of a male Bactrian can weigh up to 650 kg (1,400 lb). The carcass of a female camel (or she-camel) weighs less than the male, ranging between 250 and 350 kg (550 and 770 lb), but can provide a substantial amount of meat. The brisket, ribs and loin are among the preferred parts, but the hump is considered a delicacy and is most favored.[citation needed] It is reported that camel meat tastes like coarse beef, but older camels can prove to be tough and less flavorful.

>Camel meat has been eaten for centuries. It has been recorded by ancient Greek writers as an available dish in ancient Persia at banquets, usually roasted whole. The ancient Roman emperor Heliogabalus enjoyed camel's heel. Camel meat is still eaten in certain regions including Somalia, where it is called Hilib geyl, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Kazakhstan and other arid regions where alternative forms of protein may be limited or where camel meat has had a long cultural history. In the Middle East, camel meat is the rarest and most prized source of pastırma.[citation needed] Not just the meat, but also blood is a consumable item as is the case in northern Kenya, where camel blood is a source of iron, vitamin D, salts and minerals.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camel
Permalink Peter 
November 26th, 2009 9:49am
Well then it really sucks that they are just going to kill them and leave them to rot.
Permalink CC 
November 26th, 2009 12:14pm
I'd like to tell my camel joke, but unfortunately the punchline is visual.
Permalink eek 
November 26th, 2009 12:30pm
Were these the cameltoes you were looking for?
http://www.tonyrogers.com/humor/cameltoe.htm
http://www.cameltoe.com/x-index.php
Permalink Peter 
November 26th, 2009 2:18pm
Yeah, I ain't clicking that - I'm at work, you know...
Permalink FrakBuccaneer 
November 26th, 2009 2:20pm
1st one is clickable. 2nd one is a porn site.
Permalink CC 
November 26th, 2009 2:32pm
Arabs love to eat camel.  Seriously, when I was over there these fat Arabs used to have contests eating 40 oz. camel steaks.
Permalink . 
November 26th, 2009 7:20pm
I cook an excellent camel curry. In Saudi they farm them for meat and milk.
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
November 27th, 2009 1:19am
Anything that walks on the land is edible.  It was one of the first lessons in our junior high hunter-safety class when we got to the survival section.
Permalink Send private email Biggus Dickus 
November 27th, 2009 9:35am
Dick, enjoy eating your Monarch Butterfly caterpillars. It was nice knowing you.
Permalink Fan boy 
November 28th, 2009 12:29pm
Monarch Butterflies don't walk, they fly.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
November 28th, 2009 3:16pm
You can carve a decent steak off'n a Bogong Moth:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/plaguing-bogongs-flying-off-plate/story-e6frf00i-1111114633223
Permalink trollop 
November 28th, 2009 6:36pm
My god, how big was that moth before they cooked it?
Permalink CC 
November 28th, 2009 8:22pm
About 45mm across though they seem bigger:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogong_moth

Careful when asking how big crocs are up north as the locals measure them across the eyes ...
Permalink trollop 
November 29th, 2009 3:34am

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