Re: Moby Dick Chapter 7 The Chapel
Vultures are not disgusting. They are amazing, funny and full of personality. Very intelligent birds, you will find the only thing they can't do is talk.
They are the undertakers in mountainous and stoney places - because they get rid of the corpses when there is no soil to bury them or when there is no one around to burn them.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz2aJC7G ... re=related
Vultures were once very common and played a very important ecological role in
India by cleaning up livestock carcasses. During the past 15 years, they have
declined by more than 97% and are now regarded as critically endangered
species. It was thought that an unidentified avian disease was responsible but this
was not the case. Two BirdLife Partners, The Bombay Natural History Society and
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds together confirmed the decline was
caused by a veterinary drug called diclofenac, widely administered to cattle.
Vultures feeding on carcasses with residues of diclofenac quickly die from kidney
failure and dehydration. The decline in vultures has lead to a huge increase in the
population of feral dogs which is causing a problem for villagers and has increased the risk of spread by Rabies
Diclofenac, a veterinary drug for livestock responsible for 97% decline in vultures“Asia’s vultures are in severe crisis and funds are urgently needed to support captive breeding schemes to prevent their extinction,” —Richard Grimmett, Head of BirdLife’s Asia Division