Diclofenac & NSAIDS

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a medication widely used to treat a range of conditions.

NSAIDs are used to:

  • relieve pain
  • reduce inflammation (redness and swelling)
  • bring down a high temperature (fever)

Unfortunatly they are deadly for Vultures and possibly other Raptors

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Lead Poisoning / Shooting

Predatory and scavenging birds are at risk of lead exposure when they feed on animals injured or killed by lead ammunition. Poisoning may also occur via non shooting injuries.

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Hooded Vulture poisoned G Reed low res

Deliberate Poisoning

Farmers protect their livestock by killing carnivores. In Africa, the favored method is poison. Vultures come in by the hundreds to feed in thier hundreds and die by the hundreds. Poisoning vultures for traditional African medicine also is taking a toll.

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Electrocution on power lines is a major threat to many bird species across the world, in particular endangered species such birds of prey, which show the greatest incidence of electrocution. This is particualy true with Vultures due to large wing spans.


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Poachers are targeting the scavenger birds as their presence alerts authorities that something dead is on the ground. The circling birds can also be seen from miles away.

Although some of these birds are shot, most are killed with poison. In order to down as many birds at once as possible, poachers leave poisoned bread and vegetables for animals to eat.

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Traditional Medicine

in South Africa used for muti vulture brains are dried, ground up and then smoked in cigarettes which supposedly give the users visions of the future. This is just one example of strange beliefs that Vultures fall victim to them

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Wind Turbines

Clean alternative energy that kills. What was once seen as the power generation of choice is looking less and less green by the minute. Tens and hundreds of thousands of birds and bats being killed every year.

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With the changes in the methods of disposing of dead animals and the rising concern over BSE and Foot and mouth vultures are finding it harder to find food by themselves. In Europe this has hit many of the vultures hard.

Griffon Vulture hit by wind turbine blade