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Nilgiris gram sabhas back campaign to save vultures

Collector P.Sankar addressing a gram sabha meeting at Kookalthorai near Kotagiri on Sunday.

Collector P.Sankar addressing a gram sabha meeting at Kookalthorai near Kotagiri on Sunday.

The campaign by the Forest Department and conservationists to protect vultures in The Nilgiris got a boost on Sunday, with the gram sabhas in the district resolving to back the cause.

Taking part at a meeting at Kookalthorai, Collector P. Sankar urged farmers not to administer diclofenac to the cattle, whose carcasses poisoned the vultures.

The meeting called for enforcing the ban on the sale of diclofenac in villages, cautioning veterinarians against its use and sensitising the villagers to the fact that carcass poisoning was a criminal offence under forest laws.

Environmentalists and wildlife enthusiasts have welcomed the support from the gram sabhas.

Speaking to The Hindu , S. Bharathidhasan, secretary of Arulagam, which is at the forefront of the campaign, said the aim was to create a conducive environment for vultures to survive in a radius of 100 km.

Four species of vultures could be found in the Moyar valley and Kodanadu.

They helped keep the environment clean and safeguard the health of the forests by getting rid of carcasses effectively.


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