THIS is with reference to the news that the white-backed vulture is on the verge of extinction in Pakistan. The WWF has pointed out an alarming 98 per cent decline in its population. Experts are of the view that the scavengers feeding on the carcasses of cattle injected with diclofenac sodium die within 60 hours due to damage of heart muscle.

Although the drug was banned, reportedly the smuggled drug is available in the market. The meat consumed by humans might also contain this drug. The veterinarians need to be educated about the adverse effects of unwarranted use of drugs while injecting cattle.

RAFAY IQBAL ANSARI Islamabad

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Ali Hassan
May 30, 2013 5:11 am
Vultures are gone from Pakistani air since last 10 years. I had seen a small vulture some seven years ago in Lahore since then only in TV. They are being taken care near Changa Manga forest as they have no future left in subcontinent. In-fact there is no future of any other other species other then humans in subcontinent and particularly in Pakistan.
Chahat
May 30, 2013 9:48 am
An eye opener. The cycle of nature and its habitats need to be maintained.
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