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Vulnerable vultures

When the drug diclofenac was banned for veterinary use in India in 2006 because it proved fatal for the vulture population, the ban did slow down the mortality rate of the raptors. Ironically, it has now been found that the three non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) recommended as safe alternatives to the deadly diclofenac — aeclofenac, ketoprofen and nimusulide — are also killing the birds, notes the publication Down to Earth (DTE) of April 1-15, 2022, a copy of which was forwarded to Parsiana by Diana Ratnagar, chairwoman of Poona-based Beauty Without Cruelty, India. Vultures were the integral factor for disposal......

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