It’s hard to think of a context in which you would use the word ‘poison’ without shuddering. But today we celebrate a use of the word in a positive context, which brings good news for Africa’s vultures…
African governments make a commitment towards addressing Illegal Exploitation and Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora in Africa during the Sixth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) held on 16-19 April in Cairo, Egypt.
'Saving Africa’s Vultures', a new project to tackle the continent’s escalating vulture crisis, is now up and running, and aims to find out more about – and significantly reduce – the greatest threat facing African vultures: poisoning.
Africa’s vultures are in drastic decline and it is high-time the world fully-appreciated the severity of this problem – not only for the birds themselves, but the health of the people of the continent.
On understanding the vital roles vultures play in ecosystems, West African Ambassadors quickly reversed any personal attitudes of distaste towards vultures and expressed full support to BirdLife's campaign.