There are 9 species of vultures in India
Most of the species are facing extinction
Why are the vultures of India dying?
What are the ecological consequences of extinction of vultures?
Vultures which feed on the dead cows are dying
The cows are contaminated by diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory drug administered to livestock
The drug is given to livestock to treat them for fever
This drug gets consumed by Vultures while feeding on the dead livestock
This has lead to death of many vultures
Death of vultures has led to explosion of population of rat and wild dogs
This has caused a huge sanitation problem and cost to the government
A new drug called Meloxicam has been found to be an effective alternative
Diclofenac has now been banned in India