LET VULTURES have their feast. Please don’t poison carcasses with diclofenac. It is as good as poisoning the bird’s food,” said Rahamani, welcoming the decision of the Union Government to ban the drug.
The use of drug diclofenac has been mainly responsible for the decline in the number of vultures across the country.
Delivering a lecture on future of vulture at the Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, on Friday, he said, “I have spoken to a number of pharma companies.
They have decided to ban the drug.”
He said the veterinary diclofenac was in heavy use in the livestock sector. In the course of treatment,
if the cattle dies, and the vultures scavenge on these, it leads to kidney failure in vultures within a few days, he said.
He also said that “The grim picture is that over 10 per cent of the carcasses have prevalence of diclofenace. India, Nepal, and Pakistan have lost over 95 per cent of the vulture population. That’s alarming.”