Scotland’s Golden Eagles facing threat from new drug responsible for the deaths of thousands of Vultures

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The Golden Eagle could be one of a number of raptors in the UK are at risk from a veterinary treatment which has been responsible for the deaths of 99.9% Gyps Vulture in India. 


Veterinary diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory treatment for livestock, has been linked to the poisoning and rapid decline of the once common Gyps vultures on the Indian subcontinent.

It was found the birds were eating the carcases of recently treated animals then dying of kidney failure. Numbers plummeted by 97 per cent between 1992 and 2007.

The medicine for animal use was outlawed by India in 2006, followed by Nepal, Pakistan and most recently in Bangladesh.

Read the full story written by Angus Howarth published today in the Scotsman

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