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Rabies tragedy follows loss of India's vultures

Rabies tragedy follows loss of India's vultures

作者:芮瑭瞍  时间:2019-03-01 09:09:13  人气:

By Matt Walker A CONSERVATION catastrophe has become a human tragedy. The mass poisoning that has killed millions of India’s vultures may have indirectly claimed the lives of almost 50,000 people, according to an analysis of the wider impacts of the bird die-off. Since the 1990s, numbers of long-billed, slender-billed and oriental white-backed vultures have declined at an unprecedented rate. All three species could be driven toward extinction within a decade. The cause is a veterinary drug called diclofenac, which was routinely given to cattle. When the cattle died,