Veterinary technicians pledge not to use diclofenac to conserve vultures

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Sunsari's veterinary technicians have vowed not to use diclofenac – a drug that has proven to be fatal for the scavenging vultures over the years.

Participating veterinary technicians pledged to do away with the usual practice of applying diclofenac in domestic animals at a one-day seminar on vulture conservation held on Monday at Basantapur of Hari Nagar Village Council, Sunsari.

A research revealing the extent of damage of the use of diclofenac on animals that has resulted in pushing the vulture population to an extinction level in Nepal was presented during the program, according to District Livestock Service Office, Sunsari Animal Technician Keshav Shrestha.

The vultures feed on the carcasses of cows and other domestic animals in which the medicine has been used. The consumption of such flesh kills vultures that are now facing existential crisis.

Nepal Para – Veterinary Livestock Association, Sunsari Chairman Ganesh Mahato said the veterinary technicians are the ones that conserve and kill the vultures because of which a ban has been imposed on the use of diclofenac medicine to protect vultures. RSS

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