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Eat Prey Love VULTURES - Read why #vultures are so misunderstood

Eat Prey Love VULTURES - Read why #vultures are so misunderstood

Christopher Sands explains why vultures are so misunderstood. This article is the editorial of the June edition of the BirdLife Europe & Central Asia newsletter. Read it here in full. It is a challenge for those of us who are committed to saving a critical species from extinction to be faced with centuries of cultural prejudice and cliché embedded in the language itself. For what is positive in being characterized as a ‘vulture’? The answer is, unfortunately, nothing – a ‘vulture’ is someone who we believe swoops in and exploits and steals from the weak and unprotected, a baddie indeed. And yet, in reality, the bird species which has given rise to this cliché doesn’t meet a single one of these critiques. Quite the contrary! As Margaret Atwood so cleverly writes in her terrific poem, ‘Vultures ’ they “make life”...“of death” – they “make clean bones”… what do you make of de...

Full article: http://www.birdlife.org/europe-and-central-asia/news/eat-...

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