SAVE stands for Saving Asia’s Vultures from Extinction. It’s a consortium of like-minded, regional and international organisations, created to oversee and co-ordinate conservation, campaigning and fundraising activities to help the plight of south Asia’s vultures. You can find out more about SAVE, its mission, and the partners involved here.
Key stages that SAVE has identified as priorities include:
- Advocacy to more effectively remove diclofenac from vetinerary use
- Creation of Vulture Safe Zones
- Breeding Centres and release programmes
What is the problem?
Fifteen years ago there were millions, now they’ve almost completely disappeared. Vultures might not be the prettiest birds, but does that make it OK for us to let them disappear?
Three species of South Asia’s vultures have declined by 97% and one of the species by 99.9%. Their decline has been quicker than that of any other wild bird, including the dodo. These magnificent birds are on the brink of extinction but with your help we can save them.
The shocking decline is down to the veterinary drug, diclofenac, toxic to any vulture that feeds on the carcass of recently treated cattle. The drug was banned for veterinary use in India, Nepal and Pakistan in 2006, but it continues to be sold and used illegally today.
Feral dogs have moved into carcass dumps increasing the spread of diseases such as rabies.
Traditional sky burials of some Himalayan and Parsi communities cannot be carried out.
Life is much harder for local hide and bone-collectors, who rely on cleaned carcasses in order to earn a living. And many cattle owners now have to pay to have livestock carcasses buried or burnt.
Link to Site: www.save-vultures.org