Vultures; The Hidden Victims of Hunting.

I really like this blog site. Bryony has some great research on animals from her masters studies in animal behaviour. I urge you to visit her blog.

This piece about hunting animals shows some of the dangers that it poses down through scavengers and the food chain. Well worth a read. 😊

Brynstein Science

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Hunting is an emotive and controversial topic. People cannot bare to picture majestic animals such as elephants and tigers being hunted for their tusks and pelts, often displayed as a symbol of achievement. When thinking of hunting, the first image that comes to mind is the heads of handsome animals pinned to a wall or acting as a lavish accessory to a bedroom rug – often making me cringe. However, hunting can also bring about vital food sources to communities and can control overpopulation, making it a “necessary evil”. Despite this, the costs of hunting to animal welfare, conservation and the ecosystem must be studied.

The animals which are hunted are not the only ones that hunting can negatively affect. Some are slightly less “good looking” and may find it hard to compete against the “charismatic megafauna” (large…

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20 thoughts on “Vultures; The Hidden Victims of Hunting.

  1. Vultures are some of my very favorite birds EVER!!!! They are more majestic than an eagle to me. The way they reach out to soar with wings as immense as black sails on a galleon astounds me.
    Lead poisoning is terrifying. Even more so cuz it has been a part of the man made world for centuries. Man has a lot to answer for, I wish we could steward this earth for all of us to live and die with dignity.

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  2. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for these majestic intelligent birds. Man just seems to screw up everything, including himself..

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    1. Vultures are great aren’t they Mary? I once was on a coach in Uraguay. Six vultures circled down and settled by the side of the road to feed on roadkill. It was an amazing sight that I will never forget. They are such big birds, and so awkward on the ground, but graceful in the air. ❤️

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        1. The sub-humans of the hunting lobbies, the NRA, the armed-to-the-teeth “survivalists”, the MAGA hatters, the Ku Klux Klan, Christian Fundamentalists, Fascists, Nazis, Zionists… all hell-bent on taking over the world as they imagine themselves legitimate descendants of those who lorded it over the serfs and the peons, exploiting, raping, pillaging and enslaving in the heydays of ruling monarchies. They have never changed and they are staging a come-back and will succeed if “the people” don’t wake up.

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      1. I think it’s quite easy to figure this one out. Birds of prey are also scavengers. Climate change, along with massive pollution, particularly along shores, is providing scavengers with much free food. In the predatory food chain, when food is easily obtainable, predators/scavengers’ numbers increase. We should see this increase, not as a sign of “intelligence” among predators, but as a sign of loss of balance in the natural environment. Those increasing numbers of predators is another warning, another dying canary in the civilization coal mine.

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