Catherine Bearder MEP is campaigning against the use of the anti inflammatory drug Diclofenac by the EU across Spain and Italy, due to it’s devastating effects on vultures and eagles, causing them to die painful deaths when they eat the carcasses of dead cattle, for which the drug is used for. The effects of the drug have been seen in Asia, with 97% of their vultures killed in just over 10 years. Despite knowing the destruction caused in Asia, in March 2013 the EU, against the advice of their own scientists the EMA, bizarrely took the decision to license the drug for use in Spain and Italy. This is despite the fact that a vulture friendly alternative drug exists, Meloxicam. Spain holds 85% of all European vultures. This will potentially cause the same destruction of our vulture population as it caused in Asia, so the need is urgent to protect these magnificent species.
500 signatures are needed to start a debate in the EU Parliament and the petition currently has just over 100, please click on the link below to add your voice to this important campaign to protect our European vultures. Thank You!
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