Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) called for Australia to find an alternative to the camel cull it intends to conduct amid widespread fires.
AKP Spokesperson Ömer Çelik noted on social media that a camel cull would affect public morale following the deaths of over a billion animals in the ravaging bushfires that have scorched the country.
“Australia could use the resources needed to kill the camels to find an alternative that would allow the camels to live,” Çelik said.
Çelik said every radical human intervention on nature causes great suffering. He added that a humane solution would protect the continent’s natural heritage.
“To think that killing thousands of camels would restore the natural balance and protect water resources cannot be a humane approach. It will not protect nature either,” Çelik said.
The spokesperson’s statement also conveyed condolences and good wishes to the country that has been seared by bushfires for the past four months.
The Australian government points the “threats posed to communities by an increase in the number of feral camels” as the grounds for the cull that began on Jan. 9 and will last for five days.