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White-rumped Vulture (J C Eames) 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. In a new study, published in science journal, PLoS ONE, researchers report measurements of the prevalence and concentration of diclofenac in carcasses of domesticated cattle in India, made before and after the implementation of a ban on its veterinary use. The governments of India, Nepal and Pakistan banned veterinary use of the painkiller diclofenac in 2006 because of its lethal effects on vultures that feed on the carcasses of cattle and buffaloes that had been treated with the drug shortly before they died.
In present times when Global Warming , E-waste, Waste management, et al take centre stage when it to comes to policies and debates on environmental conservation , the four- legged one and his habitat are more often than not neglected. Wildlife Conservation as an issue has been recognized for long now but has not been given the serious brainstorming or policy regulation and framework as some of its contemporaries. Stone Age people and hunter-gatherers relied on wildlife, both plant and animal, for their food and hunting, fishing, or gathering wildlife is still a significant food source in some parts of the world. In other areas, hunting and non-commercial fishing are mainly seen as a game or sport. It is believed that increasing demand for wildlife as a source of traditional food in East Asia is decimating populations of sharks, primates, pangolins, which they believe have aphrodisiac properties.
Audubon's unprecedented analysis of forty years of citizen-science bird population data from our own Christmas Bird Count plus the Breeding Bird Survey reveals the alarming decline of many of our most common and beloved birds. Since 1967 the average population of the common birds in steepest decline has fallen by 68 percent; some individual species nose-dived as much as 80 percent. All 20 birds on the national Common Birds in Decline list lost at least half their populations in just four decades.
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