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India: Vultures still in peril as farmers flout toxic drug ban

India: Vultures still in peril as farmers flout toxic drug ban

By Tue, Sep 13, 2011 11:21PM UTC 2 Comments India: Vultures still in peril as farmers flout toxic drug ban

Over a third of Indian pharmacies continue to sell diclofenac to livestock farmers. Manufacture and sale of this drug for veterinary use has been banned in India since 2006 because of its toxicity to critically endangered vultures. But farmers are still illegally purchasing human diclofenac to treat their cattle. Diclofenac was held responsible for bringing...

Cambodia’s vulture comeback: Rebirth among birds of death

By Thu, Jun 02, 2011 3:52PM UTC 8 Comments Vultures pause while having meal, a dead cow, in Dangplat, Cambodia. Pic: AP.

DANGPLAT, Cambodia (AP) — A wake of vultures perches on the bare branches of a towering tree, dark shapes silhouetted against a pale sky, sharp beaks and talons ready to tear apart a dead cow laid out in a Cambodian jungle clearing. This manmade “vulture restaurant” is part of efforts across Asia to save the...