April 18, Inaruwa : Sunsari’s veterinary technicians have vowed not to use diclofenac – a drug that has proven to be fatal for the scavenging vultures over the years.
At a one-day seminar on vulture conservation held on Monday at Basantapur of Hari Nagar Village Council, Sunsari, participating veterinary technicians pledged to do away with the usual practice of applying diclofenac in domestic animals.
A research revealing the extent of the damage of the use of diclofenac on animals that has resulted in pushing the vulture population to an extinction level in Nepal was presented during the programme, according to District Livestock Service Office, Sunsari Animal Technician Keshav Shrestha.
The vultures feed on the carcasses of cows and other domestic animals in which the medicine has been used. The consumption of such meat kills vultures that are now facing existential crisis.
Nepal Para – Veterinary Livestock Association, Sunsari Chairman, Ganesh Mahato, said the veterinary technicians are the ones that conserve and kill the vultures because of which a ban has been imposed on the use of diclofenac medicine to protect vultures. RSS