Target: Pranab Mukherjee, President of India
Goal: Protect the endangered vultures of India
In the past fifteen years, three species of Indian vultures have declined by a cumulative 97% – one of which has declined by a frightening 99%. Once populous, these vulture species are now very close to extinction. The reason for this is a pain-relieving drug – called diclofenic – used on cattle. The drug poisons vultures when they feed off of dead cattle. Diclofenic is now illegal, but continues to be sold and used illegally in India.
Without vultures, many problems will arise in India. Feral dogs will begin to move in on uneaten carcasses and spread disease. The economy for local bone collectors and cattle owners will suffer. Bone collectors need carcasses cleaned by vultures to make a living. Disposing of cattle carcasses has become more expensive, as they now must be burnt or buried, and this problem will only get worse.
The illegality of the drug diclofenic is clearly not enough to protect the vultures of India. We must take further action by urging the country of India to take greater measures to against the use and distribution of diclofenic and save the vultures before it’s too late.
Dear President Mukherjee,
The vulture population in India is very close to extinction. In the past fifteen years, three species have declined by 97% and one species by 99%. As I’m sure you know, the reason for this decline is the now-illegal veterinary drug diclofenic, which is toxic to vultures when they feed off of cattle carcasses.
Vultures may not be the most glamorous birds, but they are necessary. Without them, cattle-owners and bone-collectors will suffer economic consequences. Cattle-owners will need to use alternative ways to dispose of carcasses and bone-collectors will not have enough clean carcasses to use to make a profit. Feral dogs and other animals will begin to clean carcasses, spreading diseases such as rabies. India has probably already seen the start of these consequences, and they will only become worse if vultures become extinct. Traditional sky burials will also not be able to be carried out. India will be affected as a whole for the worse.
Please protect the vultures from extinction by using greater force against the sale and use of diclofenic. By protecting the vultures, you will in turn be protecting the welfare of the people of India.
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