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Diclofenac, the Vulture-killing drug, in Europe

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:23 pm    Post subject: Diclofenac, the Vulture-killing drug, in Europe Reply with quote

Well, not about bees, but we don't seem restricted to them in this forum.

Some months ago, I went to a talk about the near-extinction of vultures in India and other countries due to them eating carcasses of animals treated with Diclofenac (an anti-inflammatory), and how a world without vultures means piles of rotting carcasses, packs of feral dogs eating them, etc.

This morning, got an email from a fellow swift-afficionado, saying that Diclofenac has been licensed for use in Spain and Italy (where vultures live):


Dear Swift Friends and Colleagues,

Please do sign this petition to the EU to get Veterinary Diclofenac, the Vulture killing drug, banned in Europe

Diclofenac, the veterinary drug whose use in cattle has wiped out the Vulture populations of India and some adjacent countries, has just been licensed for veterinary use in Italy and Spain, where many of Europe's populations of vultures live. The perils of Diclofenac's use are very well known, and alternatives are readily available, so we must move to get it banned quickly, as only a small exposure to the drug in carrion can kill a vulture in a mater of days.

Please view the petition to the EU and please do sign it.

I'm not normally one for petitions (think it's too easy these days, so officials are probably bombarded with more stuff than they can deal with). And I wonder if so many carcasses would end up being eaten by vultures in Europe as in the country I mentioned earlier. But still...

Here is the RSPB on Diclofenac. In the talk I went to, it was said that there are alternatives, if the cattle really need treatment - but marginally more expensive.
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