South Asia

Published: Tuesday 30 November 2010

Bangladesh bans diclofenac: Bangladesh banned cattle drug diclofenac, blamed for the rapid decline of vultures. Scientists say diclofenac, a drug that treats colic in cattle, causes a deadly kidney ailment in vultures that eat carcasses of livestock. Colic is often fatal among cattle. The population of vultures in the country has reduced from 50,000 in 2007 to 2,000 now.

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