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Diclofenac and vulture populations
  1. Martin Gilbert
  1. Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Lanarkshire G12 8QQ
  1. e-mail: mgilbert{at}

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I AM writing to draw attention to an urgent conservation issue that directly concerns the veterinary profession. Members might be aware that the use of the NSAID diclofenac for the treatment of livestock in the Indian subcontinent was responsible for the loss of more than 99 per cent of India's vulture population, which once numbered in the tens of millions of pairs. I personally witnessed the extinction of whole colonies of birds in the space of a few years during my time in Pakistan, assisting efforts to investigate the cause of these catastrophic declines. Thankfully, when we presented the conclusions of …

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