Environment Day celebrations: Javadekar to release vulturesPTI | Jun 1, 2016, 08.42 PM IST
Observing that his Ministry will work towards increasing the number of vultures in the coming years, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that he along with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will release the vultures into the wild on June 3.
"The theme of the World Environment Day on June 5 is 'Go Wild' which means take care of the wild and nature. Vultures was in danger. In the last ten years, when diclofenac (medicine) was introduced for livestock, they used to get cure, but after their death, vultures used to eat them and it led to their deaths.
"We had 40 million vultures. Ten years down, we have now not even 4 lakh vultures left. To revive that, efforts are going on at various places. Haryana Chief Minister and I will go and release the vultures into the wild.
"They are not zoo birds and they have to live in nature. We have lost vultures in last ten years, in the next ten years, we will revive the vultures as they are the natural scavengers," Javadekar said on the sidelines of an event to 'Swachta Abhiyan' fortnight in his Ministry.
The Environment Ministry has included three species - Oriental Rumped Vulture, Long billed vulture and Slender-billed vulture in Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.
Vulture has also been included as one of the 17 species identified for recovery programme under Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats scheme.
Ministry officials said the vulture recovery programme is intended for urgent recovery of its population and the Ministry has prepared an action plan for it.
Haryana in collaboration with Bombay Natural History Society and other international agencies like Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK; Zoological Society of London and International Trust for birds of prey has established country's first conservation breeding centre for vulture at Pinjore in 2001.
This centre has successfully identified the cause of vulture death - drug declofenac and also developed the techniques of captive breeding of vultures.
The Health Ministry has prohibited manufacture of diclofenac for animal use and also restricted packaging of multi-dose vials of diclofenac to single dose. TDS RCJ RG RCJ