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Once common #vultures have declined by 97% in Indian sub-continent - 97%! #Birdlife @BirdLife_News

Vultures are in decline across the globe (Jonathan C Eames) BirdLife Partners around the world have joined with raptor conservation and research organisations to celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day, with events and awareness raising taking place.This comes against a backdrop of problems facing vultures in Africa and Asia. Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas that they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing extinction. International Vulture Awareness Day, which took place on 1st September provides a way to remind people of their plight and their importance. Vultures fulfil an extremely important ecological role. They keep the environment free of carcasses and waste, restrict the spread of diseases such as anthrax and botulism, and help control numbers of pests such a...

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