Vultures and lead

By Artemy Voikhansky (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Artemy Voikhansky (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
A new study from Spain, the stronghold of the European Griffon Vulture population, shows that blood lead levels are higher in vultures living in areas with high lead soil levels but also in areas with high lead ammunition use for game shooting.

Nearly half of the vultures had elevated lead levels, a little under 5% of them had clinically high lead levels and c1.5% had potentially lethal lead levels.

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3 Replies to “Vultures and lead”

  1. What with lead and Diclofenac, what chance have the vultures got. The EU could and should do something about both. Now.
    Fatro's chemicals, and the money they make from them, are not more important than vultures, and hunters have alternatives to lead shot.
    The EU should be leading the way on both, instead, they are licenseing one and ignoring the other. They care no more than our own government.

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  2. "Fatro's chemicals, and the money they make from them, are not more important than vultures, and hunters have alternatives to lead shot".

    There are also vulture-safe alternatives to diclofenac.

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  3. I've been waiting for the results of this research into lead contamination. It's promised before the end of the year, but time is running out! https://www.food.gov.uk/science/research/chemical-safety-research/env-cont/fs241030

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