Ban Toxic Drug that Harms Avian Wildlife

Golden Eagle

Target: President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz

Goal: Ban the use of diclofenac on livestock as it is toxic for avians

Scientists realized that the drug diclofenac, which is commonly used on livestock, has been responsible for the death of vultures in India. Unfortunately, this is a licensed veterinary drug, but new findings suggest that the toxic effects of this drug has a destructive impact on avian species found in Europe and needs to be banned immediately.

Diclofenac is used to treat livestock, but recent findings and evidence in Asia has led to a grim conclusion. Vultures that feasted on the lifeless carcasses of cattle were found dead due to kidney failure. The drug’s residue was found in the vultures’ tissue and unfortunately, the problem is being replicated in Europe.

In a study published in the journal Bird Conservation International, scientists found that Steppe Eagles were dying from the drug’s effects in India. They too had the drug in their system and experienced kidney failure just like the Gyps vultures. The Steppes Eagles are closely related to the golden eagles found in the United Kingdom, along with the Spanish imperial eagle, and other threatened species of eagles found in Asia. There is a great concern that the genius species Aquila are vulnerable to the drug. Their findings are making a strong case for banning the drug diclofenac in Europe, as multiple species of birds could be affected.

South Asia already have bans in place on this drug, and these findings will only strengthen the bans and its enforcement. Europe has already frozen all orders regarding this drug until more research can be done on its effects. It is a relief to know that the United Kingdom is taking this problem seriously and will hopefully put a ban in place. If you care about the future of our birds, sign this petition to guarantee them a safe future.


Dear Martin Schulz,

You are no doubt aware of the problems posed by the drug dicolofenac, which is used to treat livestock. Unfortunately, this drug has caused the death of a handful of avian varieties and there is concern that other birds in the genius species Aquila can be affected. Many species living in the United Kingdom and Asia could be negatively impacted if this drug is ingested into their systems.

I understand that Europe has responded accordingly to this drug by freezing all orders until more research can be conducted. I ask that you issue an immediate ban, as South Asia has understood the dangers this drug places on their wildlife. While our livestock is important, there are many threatened avian species who deserve to live.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Tony Hisgett via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. I find this practice rather strange, as diclofenac is an NSAID commonly used to treat arthritis in human beings – at least that’s the way it is in the United States. It has no antibiotic properties and is not a growth hormone. Why is it being given to livestock?

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