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Europe's Vultures Face Extinction From Toxic Vet Drug

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Vultures have become one of the most threatened families of birds on the planet thanks to poisoning by the veterinary drug diclofenac---Now Birdlife has discovered that it's on sale in Europe


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Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 4:32 am
I know they call it South East Asia, by why not just call it India? As for the article, why are they giving ibuprofen to animals?

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 6:49 am
Erm, Ibuprofen isn't mentioned. . . the veterinary drug Diclofenac, as well as Meloxicam.

Marija M (28)
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 7:23 am
Ibuprofen to animals???

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 7:28 am
Very odd article. An animal would half to be given massive doses of diclofenac to reach a toxic
blood saturation level and the half-life is only 1-2hrs, meaning after only 8hrs tops there would only be trace amounts left in the body.

It is NOT a veterinary drug, although it may be used as 90% of the drugs we use are human market products. Diclofenac was developed by Ciba-Geigy in 1973, and brought to market by Novartis in 1979 as Voltaren, Cambia, Asteria, etc. It was developed as an alternative to standard NSAIDS.

It's avaialble around the world and OTC in low dose formulations.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 7:50 am
Horrible...and Barbara makes a point. Thx Cal

Dawnie W (250)
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 8:22 am
Diclofenac has already wiped out vultures in South Asia. Used to treat inflammation in livestock, diclofenac has already wiped out 99% of vultures in India, Pakistan and Nepal. A non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) present in many commonly used drugs that are used for treating moderate pain, diclofenac is extremely toxic to vultures in small doses. Vultures eating cattle treated with a veterinary dose of diclofenac will die in less than 2 days.
Watched a documentary about this and when cattle die the vultures come to clean up as natures vacuum cleaners. And then die after their feast. This is terrible why can't cattle and other animals needing vet care be given something more safer that doesn't kill these wonderful vacuums of nature. Imagine a world without these birds cleaning up the dregs of rotten carcasses.

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pam w (139)
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 9:57 am
DAMMIT! Why are people so stupid they fail to remember that, once a substance is in the food chain, it effects every animal in that chain...EVERY ONE OF THEM!

Tina F (113)
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 1:07 pm
Why is not treated livestock kept under observation and taken away if it is fatal? Why can't people use the brains they were born with? Thanks Cal!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 1:22 pm
Horrible, this needs to be taken off the market. Thanks for your explanation Barbara, also Pam's comment is so true.....some people just do not think at all these days it seems.

Angelika Kempter (96)
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 1:58 pm
Thank you Cal for this (crazy)article

Sandra Ferri (114)
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 10:44 pm
This is so sick!!! Thanks for sharing xoxo

S J (130)
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 11:05 pm
dirty human beings!

thanks Cal

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 11, 2014, 1:20 am
Vultures play an important role in nature and they should be protected.I have however failed to find any mention of Ibuprofen in the article,

BackSoon Fowler (33)
Thursday September 11, 2014, 1:51 am
Thanks Cal, Vulture are extremely important animals, they are the cleaners of the planet. Lets try and stop them from being under threat. We humans have a lot to answer for!

Tanya W (65)
Thursday September 11, 2014, 1:53 am
Sadly noted

Patricia L (291)
Thursday September 11, 2014, 3:13 am
noted, thanks Cal

Tina F (29)
Thursday September 11, 2014, 7:15 am
very dreadful.. we need these birds so badly on our earth thank you Cal

Rhonda B (99)
Thursday September 11, 2014, 7:27 am
Noted. Thank you Cal.

. (0)
Thursday September 11, 2014, 8:32 am
The articles mention other NSAIDS that can be given to livestock and that are not deadly to vultures. Why can't people use those instead of the one that kills vultures even in small doses. Idiots.

Sonia M (60)
Thursday September 11, 2014, 11:07 am
Noted.I signed this petition to ban veterinary use of diclofenac in Europe:
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