Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Save Vultures in India - use alternative med..

Drug swap urged to save vultures - INDIA
(Summary)
Wildlife experts are urging the Indian government to ban a widely used veterinary drug [anti-inflammatory drug, diclofenac] in order to save vultures from extinction, rather to use alternative drug, meloxicam, is harmless to vultures.
Saving vultures from extinction on the subcontinent is not just a matter of pious aesthetics, the experts argue. As vulture numbers decline, so stray dogs are becoming much more numerous, feeding off the increasing number of unattended animal carcasses.
The danger is that they will spread deadly disease, in particular rabies, which is rife in India.
Story from BBC NEWS:http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/sci/tech/4663800.stm
Published: 2006/01/30 23:08:52 GMT
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