China, (Reuters Life!) - Wildlife activist
Namujileicemu loves camels. In fact, he
loves them so much, he wants you to eat
not quite what you would expect to hear from
a conservationist, but ethnic Mongolian
Namujileicemu, from China's northern region
of Inner Mongolia, thinks promoting camel
meat makes perfect environmental sense.
says breeding animals for meat will help
prevent desertification of the region and
provide an alternative income for the
herders China partly blames it on.
It's healthy, too, he adds.
need to provide an income for Mongolian
herders. Only that way can we protect the
grasslands," he told Reuters in regional
capital Hohhot over a lunch of stuffed camel
meat pancakes on Monday.
"It's a natural meat. It has no chemicals in
it. It can fight cancer too," added
Namujileicemu, who works for the Alashan
Camel and White Cashmere Goat Association
and like many Mongolians goes by one name.
China is fighting severe desertification in
Inner Mongolia, which it blames on
overgrazing. Some rights groups say the
government has forced Mongolian herders from
the land, without providing them with
suitable alternative means of living.
Namujileicemu said the herders, who have
grazed the grasslands for centuries, were
the key to solving the problem, and should
not be blamed for the spreading deserts.
must return the grasslands to their original
state using traditional ways," he said.
"Camels can help with that."
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard, editing by