Loyal followers and fellow biophiles!
We must act NOW to prevent the mass death of vultures in southern Europe promised by the allowance of the poisonous cattle drug, diclofenac.
From the petition:
"The EU and its Member States have a legal obligation to conserve vultures under the EU Birds Directive and EU Veterinary Drugs legislation that require avoiding ecological damage. An immediate ban on veterinary Diclofenac is needed to protect our vultures from the fate of their Asian cousins, and would also send a crucial signal encouraging African countries to stop the spread of Diclofenac, which is already affecting the highly endangered populations of African vultures."
PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO SAVE VITAL VULTURE POPULATIONS FROM MASS POISONING
I hate to ask for money, but this is something I am dying to do… and it is looking like an impossibility without some outside help. If you would like to support my career as a vulture biologist, please donate through GoFundMe, a secure site. Donations will go toward paying for a study abroad experience in Tanzania that will allow me to research vulture behavior, conservation, or management in the Serengeti.
If you don’t donate, I promise I’ll still love you <3
But seriously, followers, you make me feel like I am reaching someone. Like I am making a difference, no matter how small. Like I am changing minds. I am glad to have every single one of you on board.
Here is the link to my GoFundMe page.
Remember how I mentioned how critical vultures are to both the environment and human health in this post? Remember how I mentioned that the use of the drug diclofenac by cattle ranchers wiped out 99% of India’s vultures? Well, that same drug is now available on European markets- specifically, in Italy and Spain.
Here is why this is a HUGE deal. Spain is one of the most vulture-rich countries on the planet, and it contains 80% of all vultures in Europe. This includes highly endangered species like the griffon vulture, as well as the most intelligent raptor in the world, the Egyptian vulture (pictured).
Widespread use of diclofenac in Spain will almost certainly destroy the European vulture population. Many studies suggest that, due to habitat destruction and removal of natural scavenging grounds, vultures in Spain, Italy, and France almost entirely depend on cattle as a source of food. This means that it is highly likely that any given vulture will be exposed to the drug, and will be killed.
The worst part? Although more expensive, there are harmless alternatives to the drug diclofenac. Please don’t let human greed decimate Europe’s human and ecological health. Spread the word, and encourage citizens to petition for a ban.