There is awareness that vultures are the most threatened group of raptors and that they face serious challenges in South-East Asia, Africa and, probably, in Europe. The involvement of the IAF in vulture issues is controversial. There is a link with electrocution risk and various falconers and falconry groups around the world are involved with their conservation. IAF is supporting the involvement of Pakistani falconers in the area of vulture conservation.
Although vultures are frequently not included in birds of prey discussions, the IAF is still anxious to play a supportive role in vulture conservation through lobbying and education. IAF is also deeply concerned about the continued availability and use of Diclofenac in the EU and around the world. IAF has campaigned with MEPs to lobby the European Parliament in order to have it banned within the EU, where it still affects vultures in France, Spain and Italy.
We are making contact with organizations concerned with raptor conservation and concerned about the plight of vultures.