Indian government moves to protect vultures
"The Indian government's decision is an historic and priceless one and a move that will be hugely significant for the millions of people in Asia for whom vultures are absolutely indispensable."
- Mark Avery, RSPB conservation director
New Delhi - A drug that has caused the catastrophic crash of 97 per cent of the south Asian vulture population has been restricted by the Indian government. Firms have three months to stop flogging anti-inflammatory diclofenac to farmers.
Vultures occupy a vital ecological niche in the rural regions, stripping carcasses that would otherwise encourage disease.