International Association of Falconers (IAF)

Sterbender Geier


Honourable Member,

I approach you as the President of the International Association for Falconry and the Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF) on an issue of grave importance regarding a threat to the surviving vulture populations of Europe.  The IAF is a significant conservation organization which represents the interests of Falconers from 73 countries around the world.  We are a member of the IUCN and are represented at the CMS and at the Meetings of the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention.  We are also signatories to the Transparency Register of European Union Parliament.Our statement regarding this threat to vulture populations follows:

The International Association for Falconry and the Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF) notes with dismay and outrage that Diclofenac (a Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug used for the treatment of pain and inflammation) is available for veterinary use in Member States of the European Union including Italy and Spain.

This drug is incredibly toxic to vultures, even in very small quantities, and fatal poisoning can result when vultures consume the carcasses of animals treated, before their death, with Diclofenac.  The widespread use of this drug, as a veterinary medicine, resulted in almost total devastation of the vulture populations of south-east Asia, killing some 40 million vultures.  Subsequently, this drug has been banned for veterinary use within that region.  As a result of this ban, along with a massive and expensive conservation effort, there are the first signs of a recovery in vulture populations within the south-east Asian region.

Despite the fact that alternative safe and inexpensive drugs are readily available, Diclofenac has been authorized for use in domestic animals in Spain (where 80% European vultures live) and Italy and is now becoming widely available on the EU market.  The IAF notes that, according to a technical dossier put together by SEO/BirdLife, RSPB and the Vulture Conservation Foundation, this will cause a European mass execution of the charismatic, endangered and ecologically valuable vultures.

Four rare vulture species are present in Europe, and all are protected by EU law. TheEgyptian Vulture is threatened with extinction and listed as ‘Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List of Species and the Cinereous Vulture is listed as ‘Near Threatened’. The Griffon Vulture and Bearded Vulture have recently recovered from very low populations after decades of conservation efforts. Millions of Euros have been invested in saving these European vultures.  It is tragic and ironic that this investment is now in jeopardy through the use of a veterinary medicine which is well documented as being the cause of the virtual extinction of vulture populations elsewhere.  Furthermore, the veterinary use of this drug in Europe will weaken the case to prevent its use in Africa as well as weakening the resolve to maintain the ban on its use in south-east Asia

The European Union and its Member States have a legal obligation to conserve vultures under the EU Birds Directive and under EU Veterinary Drugs legislation which requires the avoidance of ecological damage.

We call on the Governments of the European Union and of the Member States to take urgent action on these grounds and ban the veterinary use of Diclofenac as well as removing this agent immediately from the EU market.
Furthermore, we call on Veterinary bodies and organizations, including the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, to alert their membership and all who may be responsible for the treatment of animals.  It is our belief that, in light of the fact that safe and affordable alternative medicines exist, the veterinary use of this drug is inappropriate and unethical

Dr. Adrian Lombard
President of International Association for Falconry and the Conservation of Birds of Prey

email: lombard@iaf.org

 


Die Nachricht über das plötzliche Ableben von Frank M. Bond ging gestern Abend in Windeseile um den Erdball und hat die gesamte internationale Falknergemeinschaft in tiefe Trauer versetzt.

Frank wuchs im Nambé Valley in der Nähe von Española als Mitglied einer Familie, die um 1880 dorthin gezogen war, auf. Neben Handel standen in der Familie vor allem die Vieh- und Schafszucht im Vordergrund. Während seines Spanischstudiums am Colorado College kam er erstmals mit der Falknerei in Berührung und diese Leidenschaft hat ihn bis zu seinem letztem Atemzug begleitet.

Weiterlesen: In Memoriam Frank M. Bond

von Mag. Christian Habich
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Aus gegebenen Anlaß (Internationales Falkner Festival in Reading/London) hat der neue Präsident der IAF, Mr. Frank Bond, unsere Einladung angenommen und seine Ankunft in Europa um einige Tage vorverlegt, um Österreich einen Besuch abzustatten. Es war dies der erste 'offizielle Auslandsbesuch' seit seiner Wahl im November letzten Jahres.

J. Hiebeler, Dr. Barsch, Frank Bond, Birgit


Daß Mr. Bond seinem Namen alle Ehre macht und anscheinend nicht gerade zart besaitet ist, stellte sich gleich bei seiner Ankunft am Flughafen Klagenfurt heraus: Mir war irgendwie aufgefallen, daß er beim Heben seines schweren Koffers ganz leicht das Lächeln 'verzogen' hatte .... nach meiner etwas bestimmteren Nachfrage stellte sich doch tatsächlich heraus, daß er sich 2 Tage vor der Abreise bei einem abenteuerlichen Abflug von seinem Pferd einige Rippen gebrochen hatte, aber jegliche ärztliche Unterstützung strikt ablehnte!

Weiterlesen: IAF Präsident Frank Bond zu Besuch in Österreich

The International Journal of Falconry 2013

Die IAF hat sich vor einiger Zeit entschlossen ihre wichtigste Publikation von Grund auf neu zu gestalten und in ein modernes informatives Falknermagazin zu verwandeln. Bereits die letzte Ausgabe hat die Handschrift des neuen Chefredakteurs getragen und die Vorgabe eindrucksvoll umgesetzt.

Alle Falkner, die diese Zeitschrift (nur in englischer Sprache erhältlich) online bestellen wollen, können dies direkt  über diesen Link tun.

International Journal of Falconry 2014

Die Ausgabe 2014 der bekannten IAF Zeitschrift wird demnächst erscheinen.

Zur Vorabbestellung und Abonnements kommen Sie direkt durch Klick auf das Bild.

 

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