Tue

30

Sep

2014

Young Egyptian vulture released last week in Extremadura is already in central Morocco

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Wed

24

Sep

2014

The International Bearded Vulture Observation Days are coming: 10-19 October. Join us!

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Sat

20

Sep

2014

Significant breakthrough in the battle to ban veterinary diclofenac – Europe announces a Public Consultation. Now it is the time for all professional organisati

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Wed

17

Sep

2014

New review article on the effects of lead on wildlife published. Lead poisoning is a significant threat to vultures – VCF is working on the matter

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Tue

16

Sep

2014

Misterious vulture from southern Spain is after all a Rueppell´s

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Mon

08

Sep

2014

Good news on the International Vulture Awareness Day: Junta de Extremadura reveals that the black vulture population has increased

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Thu

04

Sep

2014

Two captive-bred black vultures will be released this weekend in France – when the world celebrates International Vulture Awareness Day

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Wed

03

Sep

2014

African white-backed vulture seen in Portugal

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Tue

02

Sep

2014

New LIFE project on bearded vulture in the French Alps will be launched on the International Vulture Awareness Day

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Mon

01

Sep

2014

International Vulture Awareness Day is this weekend. Let´s all celebrate vultures!

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Mon

25

Aug

2014

Poison – the silent killer. Unseen, undetected and underreported, poison is nevertheless here, as some figures recently released in Spain show

Photo Inigo Fajardo/VCF
Photo Inigo Fajardo/VCF
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Sat

23

Aug

2014

One more Egyptian vulture found poisoned in France

Photo by Eric Kobierzyck/LPO
Photo by Eric Kobierzyck/LPO
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Thu

21

Aug

2014

Bearded vulture and hydropower in the Swiss Alps - a good vote!

Photo Bruno Barthémy/VCF
Photo Bruno Barthémy/VCF
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Tue

19

Aug

2014

Vet diclofenac in Europe- While the EU Commission drags its feet; the issue remains very much alive in the minds of Europeans.

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Mon

18

Aug

2014

Breeding population of Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus in Serbia slowly increasing

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Thu

14

Aug

2014

Five Rueppell´s vultures observed together in Portugal

Photo Inigo fajardo/VCF
Photo Inigo fajardo/VCF
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Tue

12

Aug

2014

Three new bearded vulture pairs in the French Pyrenees!

Photo Bruno Barthémy/VCF
Photo Bruno Barthémy/VCF
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Wed

06

Aug

2014

Now online: information and guidelines about the european black vulture captive breeding network (EEP)

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Thu

24

Jul

2014

Bearded vulture uplisted from Least Concern to Near Threatened at global level in the 2014 IUCN bird red list update

Declines in Africa and Asia drove this change – the species is only increasing in Europe, partly due to VCF efforts

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Sun

20

Jul

2014

Corsica: Juvenile bearded vulture tagged successfully for the second consecutive year

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Sat

19

Jul

2014

VCF new poster – griffon vulture reintroduction in the Balkans

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Fri

18

Jul

2014

Vultures & diclofenac in today´s Tages Anzeiger (in German)

Diclofenac & Vultures in Today´s Tages Anzeiger
2014-0718TagesAnzeiger.pdf
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Thu

17

Jul

2014

Bearded vultures in Stelvio National Park and the Ötztal Alps (Italy)

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Wed

16

Jul

2014

IUCN Director-General ads her voice to the VCF campaign to ban veterinary diclofenac

 

Veterinary diclofenac has caused a 99% decline in the once formidable vulture population in India, leading several species there to the brink of extinction – the drug causes renal failure in vultures (and eagles). It was finally banned in the Indian subcontinent in 2006, only to surface in… Europe!

The VCF has been leading a campaign to ban it – it really does not make any sense that a veterinary drug linked to such a catastrophic biodiversity crisis is allowed to be marketed in Europe, when alternatives exist.

Using loopholes in the risk assessment procedures, FATRO, an Italian company, has managed to get the drug legally approved in Italy and Spain - the latter the most important country in Europe for vultures. The VCF and others have approached FATRO and asked for a voluntary withdrawal, promptly refused by the greedy Italian company.

The whole world is watching what European decision makers now do – the VCF has asked several governments and the EU to correct the wrongdoing and start a formal re-evaluation process to revert the legal authorizations (in a process called referral in Eurolanguage). So far no final decision has been taken, and the EU has asked one of its agencies (the European Medicines Agency).

This week the powerful IUCN has added its voice to the campaign. In a letter sent to EU Commissioners, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, its director-general, urges them “to put your weight behind an EU and global ban on the drug for veterinary uses”. The IUC repeated the argument that the VCF has been maintaining since the beginning – even though condition in Europe are different than in India, risk is not zero; “Although IUCN is conscious that veterinary regulations are relatively strict in Europe, these are not always failsafe”. So the IUCN asks for a ban of the drug, not only in Europe, but worldwide: “we urge the European Commission to call for a worldwide ban on the veterinary uses of diclofenac under guidance provided by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)”, says the letter.

This call is relevant because IUCN is also composed of many EU government agencies. Will EU politicians listen to a call from their own brethren?

You can read the full letter below.

 

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Tue

15

Jul

2014

Egyptian vulture – decline in the Balkans continuing

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Tue

15

Jul

2014

Two more Egyptian vultures tagged in Eastern Turkey in a VCF-supported project

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Sun

13

Jul

2014

Well known vulture and raptor traders imprisoned

Landmark court sentence good news to curb the growing illegal trade on birds of prey

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Mon

07

Jul

2014

Casseur d´os – twenty years old and going strong

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Fri

04

Jul

2014

Schils and Noel-Leya are getting independent

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Wed

02

Jul

2014

New significant breeding nucleus of Egyptian Vultures found in Turkey

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