Target: Council of the European Union
Goal: Protect European vultures from the deadly drug diclofenac
A newly approved drug called diclofenac threatens to destroy Europe’s vultures and harm other birds of prey such as the golden eagle and Spanish Imperial eagle. After diclofenac’s introduction to India, 99.9% of vultures in south Asia were wiped out. Please take action to protect European vultures from being decimated by this dangerous drug.
Diclofenac is an anti-inflammatory drug and painkiller used by veterinarians to treat sick cattle. The drug poses a mortal danger, however, to vultures that feed upon the carcasses of dead cattle. The birds contract a fatal kidney condition. In Asia, this resulted in a mass poisoning of the continents vultures. Long-billed, slender-billed and oriental white-backed vultures were nearly wiped out. Instead of being consumed by vultures, dead cattle were left to rot. Packs of wild dogs began to fill the ecological gap left by the vulture’s demise. The risk of rabies increased as a result.
Conservation groups in Europe have already launched a campaign to ban the deadly new drug that killed so many vultures in Asia. Jose Tavares, director of the Vulture Conservation Foundation states, “It defies common sense to approve of a drug when there is abundant, solid evidence to show that it is deadly to so many species of birds and that it causes such ecological damage.” After India realized that diclofenac was responsible for killing millions of vultures, it banned the drug in 2006. Given the information at hand, the recent approval of diclofenac by Italy and Spain is astonishing.
There is already hard evidence that diclofenac has the potential to devastate vulture populations over a wide geographical area. Given diclofenac’s history in bringing Asian vultures to the brink of extinction it is irresponsible for Italy and Spain to have approved the drug for use. Please take action to protect European vultures from this deadly drug. Sign this petition to ban the use of diclofenac in Europe.
Dear Council of the European Union,
I am very concerned about the recent decision by Italy and Spain to approve the use if diclofenac. Millions of vultures in Asia have already been killed by this drug and the population driven to the brink of extinction. The decision to approve a drug so deadly to European vultures defies all logic and reason.
There is already hard evidence that diclofenac has the potential to devastate vulture populations over a wide geographical area. Given diclofenac’s history in bringing Asian vultures to the brink of extinction it is irresponsible for Italy and Spain to have approved the drug for use. Please take action to protect European vultures and ban the use of diclofenac throughout the European Union.
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