Sunday, March 27, 2016

Save vultures campaign: Stop use of Diclofenac for treating cattle

Use of diclofinac drug in veterinary has depleted vulture population in the south. Thus, to sensitise the stakeholders not to use Diclofenac for treating the cattle and establish Diclofenac Free Safe Zone for Vultures, an save vulture motor cycle rally programme was held on July 12 and 13.  
Speaking on the occasion, Parmesh, Range forest officer, Goplaswamy Betta Range said that vultures are as important as tiger and elephant. There is need of  spreading of information that vulture is an endangered bird and need proper attention regarding its survival in the natural world.  

Barathidasan convener for Arulagam said that there is a tremendous decline in population of vulture and its need of the hour save them.

D Rajkumar honorary wildlife warden and National Tiger Conservation Authority representative said that the main reason for the decline is attributed to the indiscriminate usage of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) Diclofenac.

“Diclofenac was widely used as a pain-killer for Cattle. Government of India banned the usage of Diclofenac for cattle in 2006. But unfortunately the drug is largely available and administered to cattle. Diclofenac version for human use is being illegally used on livestock. Protecting them from dying we need to commit that diclofinac use in veterinary through livestock need to stop. In this regard peoples participation is very important and this rally reached the stake holding people surrounding tiger reserves.”  

Enriching the information regarding vulture species in the nilgiri biosphere region, he said: “White rumped vulture, Red necked vulture, Long billed vulture and Egyptian vulture these four species thrive and breed in the nilgiri region. Nilagiri biosphere reserve is the last lung space for these vulture breeding, this remaining population has to be saved,” he pointed out.

The event jointly organised by Arulagam and Tirupur Information Technology Association (TITA), crossed three states, namely Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka by covering four Tiger Reserves namely, Mudumalai, Bandipur, Biligiriranganatha temple tiger reserve (BRT) and Sathyamangalam apart from two Wildlife Sanctuaries namely, Wayanad and Muthanga.  

The rally started from Tirupur, and passed over 400 km covering Gudalur, Dultan Battery, Muthanga, Gundlupet, Chamarajanagar.
Carcass poisoning and Forest fire issue were also focused during this rally.

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