Dear Simon, most European Vultures eat wild animals, but historically domestic animals, such as cattle and pigs, have been a part of their diet. A decline in the availability of carcasses domestic animals during the BSE crisis has lead to widespread starvation the vulture populations, which lead to the installation of vulture feeding stations, to help the populations recover. There are also special protection zones designated for vultures, where carcasses do not need to be clean up. A few diclofenac treated animals can kill dozens of vultures. It is practically impossible to avoid animals with diclofenac ending up in the feeding stations or the protected zones. Given that there are alternatives available, it is inexcusable to put the vultures at risk.
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