Rabid dogs and garbage men stay out in the Indian sun: The Dead Vulture problem

India’s vultures are under attack. Their enemy is Diclofenac. Although always depicted as dirty and nasty, vultures and other carrion consuming raptors are one of the most important parts of any ecosystem. They are often said to be nature’s refuse collectors; they prevent areas being covered in carcasses or being smothered by packs of feral dogs or rats. By doing this they halt the spread of disease from the decaying animal or the abundance of feral dogs that would benefit from the free lunch had the vultures not got there first... (Click the title to read more)