Searching for vultures in India

10,000 Birds

Due to the decline in vulture population, Parsis have been obliged to drop these ancient customs for reasons of hygiene, since now bodies take six months to disappear.” ( Wikipedia ). in 1980s there were up to 80 million White-rumped Vultures in India – today the population numbers only several thousand). Of the estimated 500 million cattle in India, only 4% were destined for consumption by humans as meat. Oddly, I saw no rats, only a mongoose or two and a few stray dogs.

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Forgotten Prairies

10,000 Birds

Ferruginous Hawks are native to our western short-grass prairies and their diet comprises almost completely of prairie dogs. Well, the ongoing issues of land development, sport shooting, and the rancher’s war on these animals keeps prairie dog populations from ever booming. The large range they occupy is what is keeping their population afloat, however, declining. Their population is in heavy decline due to habitat loss.

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Moral Vegetarianism, Part 8 of 13

Animal Ethics

Cattle might be overproduced because of government subsidies and new markets found for meat. Meat-packing companies might encourage, for example, an increased dog population to take up the slack. For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. The Argument from Actual Practice Still, it may be objected that this is to overlook actual practice. In fact, animals used for food do suffer a great deal.