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Diclofenac - the Vulture killing drug - is now available on EU market. This drug is known to kill vultures even in very small amounts . Diclofenac is used for veterinary purposes, for example for treating cows and pigs, vultures are at risk when they eat the carcasses.

 

In December last year, the European Medicines Agency confirmed that European vultures are at risk when they eat the carcasses, and has in their scientific opinion concluded that the withdrawal of Diclofenac is the only option that completely removes the risk to vultures.

 

The authorization of Diclofenac in Spain and Italy represents a major threat to all vulture populations in Europe, and possibly in Africa as well. It is even worse given the fact that it was recently discovered that the drug is toxic to eagles too. Emblematic species such as the Spanish Imperial Eagle, could also be killed by this drug

 

There are effective alternative drugs that can replace diclofenac and that are safe to vultures and eagles. The Convention on Migratory Species has therefore last year strongly advised all countries to ban veterinary use of diclofenac

 

Vultures are tremendously important animals, who clean up carcasses and thus stop the spread of disease. In India, the veterinary use of diclofenac was banned after scientists proved that it was killing its vultures. In the absence of vultures, there was an explosion in the number of feral dogs, and also an increase of rabies cases.

 

The European Commissioners Andriukaitis and Vella are the only ones who can ban the veterinary use of this drug in the European Union. They need to start the process for this as soon as possible.

We also demand that FATRO, the company who sells the drug, stops selling this drug before our European vultures are wiped out.

 

Please sign this petition and help us to make this happen!

Letter to
FATRO's general manager Ms. Silvana Dal Magro,
Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis,
Commissioner for the Environment Mr Karmenu Vella,
Diclofenac - the Vulture killing drug - is now available on EU market. The drug is known to kill vultures in even microscopic amounts. When the drug is used for veterinary purposes, for example for treating cows and pigs, vultures at risk when they eat the carcasses.
Unfortunately, the drug had been authorized for veterinary use in Spain and Italy. In December last year, the European Medicines Agency has confirmed that European vultures are now at risk when they eat the carcasses, and has in their scientific opinion concluded that the withdrawal of Diclofenac is the only option that completely removes the risk to vultures.
The authorization of Diclofenac in Spain and Italy is very bad news, as these countries are the very important countries for vultures. It is even worse given the fact that it was recently discovered that the drug is toxic to eagles too. Scientist are now worried that the Spanish Imperial Eagle is at risk, a very rare species of eagle that is only found in Spain and Portugal. There are effective alternative drugs to the replace diclofenac that are safe to vultures and eagles. The Convention on Migratory Species has therefore last year strongly advised all countries to ban veterinary use of diclofenac
Vultures are tremendously important animals, who clean up carcasses and thus stop the spread of disease. In India, the veterinary use of diclofenac was banned after a rabies epidemic, which was caused by an explosion of wild dog populations feeding on the carcasses that were now left in the fields.
The European Commissioners Andriukaitis and Vella are the only ones who can ban the veterinary use of this drug in the European Union. They need to start the process for this as soon as possible. The company FATRO, who sells the drug, needs also to immediately stop the sales before the European vultures are wiped out.