On this 5th September, we all are ready to observe and celebrate the day International Vulture Awareness Day which can be one of the last the birds to being the witness in Europe.
The International Vulture Awareness Day as the European government and nations are failing to tackle the use of a dangerous drug which is the reason for the extinction of vultures on the whole continent.
As per the BirdLife International, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Vulture Conservation Foundation and the Wildlife Conservation Society, who believe the future of vultures in Europe is bleak, if not the European Commission moves to ban the veterinary use of diclofenac as of now as per various reports.
In addition, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), that compiles the Red List on the conservation status of species, which is somehow actively involved in calling for a ban in order to be imposed on the vulture’s birds and The International Vulture Awareness Day in order to save those vultures.
Asunción Ruiz, CEO of SEO (BirdLife’s Spanish Partner), told regarding vultures and the special day, The International Vulture Awareness Day: “Spanish authorities are choosing pharmaceuticals over the environment.
International Vulture Awareness Day: All You Need To Know About This Special Day & Also Some Quotes!
“Vultures provide services to our farmers that are far more valuable than the benefits of this product. A product which can easily be replaced by safer drugs.
“Our responsibility” – added SEO’s Ruiz – “is to protect vultures at national and global level.”
The Director of the Vulture Conservation Foundation, Jose Tavares, said that “India is again leading the way, with the recent ban on multi-dose vials of human formulations of diclofenac. This is a breakthrough to eliminate this vulture killing drug from the ecosystems.
“If only Europe could follow the way and ban the veterinary formulations now legally sold in Spain, Italy, and a few other EU countries”
Janice Weatherley-Singh, WCS Director of European Policy, told about The International Vulture Awareness Day: “The scientific community is united in warning of the dangers of diclofenac to vultures. We are asking the European Commission to enact a ban on the veterinary use of diclofenac because ‘Action plans’ and further study are not enough.
“We need to stop the harmful use of this drug in livestock immediately. There should be widespread support for a ban since the existence of a safe alternative drug essentially eliminates any hardships that would be caused.”
Diclofenac is an anti-inflammatory used in animals, like, cattle and pigs, but it I shighly toxic to vultures and kills them hours if they have eaten a contaminated carcass.
A safe alternative to diclofenac exists and is widely available, that can be limiting any adverse effects of a ban.
It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous. Jean-Paul Sartre
Fear the vulture, and the vulture will come. Fear nothing, and you are the vulture. Suzy Kassem
In the country, the darkness of night is friendly and familiar, but in a city, with its blaze of lights, it is unnatural, hostile and menacing. It is like a monstrous vulture that hovers, biding its time. W. Somerset Maugham
Don’t play dead with a vulture. That’s exactly what they want. Kevin Nealon
In ‘True Grit,’ we had a vulture, a trained vulture… that was a pain and that was – even by vulture standards – probably a stupid vulture, and that was frustrating. Ethan Coen
The one term I don’t like to be called is a ‘vulture.’ Because to me, a vulture is a kind of asset-stripper that eats the dead flesh off the bones of a dead creature. Our bird should be the Phoenix, the bird that reinvents itself recreates itself from its ashes. And that’s much closer to what it is that we really do. Wilbur Ross
I’m a culture vulture, and I just want to experience it all. Debbie Harry
Hate is ravening vulture beaks descending on a place of skulls. Amy Lowell
By the time I got to kindergarten, I was surprised to find out I was the only kid with a turkey vulture. Jean Craighead George
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