Anorak | Carrion Scavenging

Carrion Scavenging

by | 29th, January 2004

‘IF there could be an official bird for the Hutton Report, it would surely be the vulture.

‘I was told I could have Blair for breakfast’

Some might argue for a hawk or a dove, but the vulture seems ideally suited to the type of people who picked over the bones of a man hounded to his death with so much relish.

But scavengers should be careful what they eat, lest they get stuck up to their own necks in the mire and wind up sick or worse.

That’s the situation among the vultures of India and Pakistan, which have been feasting on carrion steeped in a flavour enhancer called diclofenac.

The Independent says that this pharmaceutical drug, used as an anti-inflammatory tool in humans and livestock throughout the region, is having a devastating effect on three types of vulture.


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