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    Default First signs of progress in saving Indian vultures from killer drug

    The ban on a veterinary drug which caused an unprecedented decline in Asian vulture populations has shown the first signs of progress, according to scientists. However, the recovery of the wild vulture populations requires efforts to see the drug completely removed from the birds’ food supply.


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    Default vulture restaurent documentary

    Documerentary on vulture by wel known production company creative7 on vulture conservation.....How many of us are actually aware of the rapid extinction of the most efficient scavenger, Vultures? Not many. But for those who are aware, they are also completely oblivious of the consequences of extermination of Vultures, who play a vital role in the conservation of the food chain. This is an extremely serious and grave issue recently rose by the filmmaker Umesh Deshpande and Alpesh Parmar through screening of a documentary film The Vanishing Vultures . The film threw light on the importance of the critically endangered species, causes behind their extinction, and steps taken to save them.Ten years ago, India had the highest number of Vultures in the world, but today a staggering 99% of the species has disappeared. The annual mortality rate among Vultures is 50%.In 2003, scientists discovered that the use of Diclofenac, which is used as a pain reliever for cattle, was responsible for this rapid decimation of vultures.
    If an animal under treatment dies and the carcass is eaten by a vulture, the Diclofenac in the animal affects
    the Vultures kidneys making it unable to excrete uric acid the Vulture suffer from visceral gout and dies.
    Vulture primarily a slow breeding and long living bird plays a significant role in the balancing and harmony of nature.
    An absence of Vultures will lead to lakhs of decaying and putrefying carcasses which will litter out surroundings,
    creating a breeding ground of thousands of unknown strains of viruses and diseases and lethal bacteria. Umesh Deshpande, film Maker said. The resilient and powerful scavengers are disappearing even
    faster than the already extinct dodo, major steps are need before they are gone forever.

    We wish you go through this documentary film and feel concern about our cause.- Umesh & Alpesh

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