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Two days ago eight members of the famous Marsh Pride of lions were poisoned inside the Masai Mara National Reserve. Also poisoned were at least six White-backed and Rüppell’s vultures, though this will never make the headlines.
After millions of years of being beneficial to humans and our ancestors, these mighty scavengers are now falling prey to human vices.
Elephant and rhino poachers are increasingly turning to poisons with devastating consequences. If the tide is not stemmed soon, many species will be utterly destroyed by the demand for their parts in East Asia.
This year has seen a dramatic increase in vulture poisonings particularly in southern Africa. At current levels many species of African vulture will become extinct within our lifetimes.
The recent mass poisoning of vultures has prompted the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism to propose urgent legislation that would ban over-the-counter sales of poisons and pesticides. (Read more: Elephant Poachers Poison Hundreds of Vultures to Evade Authorities) Further investigations have revealed that over 1,000 vultures may have perished in this single incident. While this…