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7:47pm on Sunday the 22nd of July
VULTURES NOT ATTRACTIVE ENOUGH FOR PETA
Extinction fears for a scavenger vital to preserving ecosystems

Robin McKie, science Editor
Sunday July 16, 2006
The Observer

South Africa's national lottery is claiming an unlikely victim: vultures. Local people - convinced these birds' superb eyesight gives them the gift to see the future - are eating vulture meat to acquire the power of clairvoyance.
And they are not alone. In neighbouring Zimbabwe, voters fearful of supporting the losing side in recent elections ate vulture meat, mainly heads, talons, eyes and hearts, believing this would enable them to pick the winning party. Then there has been the rise of traditional medicines, for which vulture parts are highly valued, as well as soaring cases of poisoning and shootings by starving farmers in East and West Africa.
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I have written extensively about the plight of the vulture before (See "The Plight of the Vulture," Vols. I, II, III, IV, Random House, 1999). The fact is, this precocious bird is on the verge of extinction, and no one is doing a thing about it because the bird isn't furry or adorable or have big, soft black eyes. This is the inherent hypocrisy behind PETA - they only care about animals as long as they're furry and cute. No one will donate a dime, of course, if the animal plastered on their handouts isn't huggable. This is why PETA doesn't give a damn about vultures, ever. Standing up for that lonely bird won't make them any money. (Go to Peta.org now and register your outrage! Or look at the cute fuzzy animals)

The fact is, I hate cute animals. They appear cute in order to survive, and so we let them live. Like kittens. When a kitten approaches you, your brain thinks,"Oh look how cute and fuzzy and affectionate this little kitten is! I must cuddle it now and feed it and care for it!"
Meanwhile the kitten is thinking, "I hope this large creature will not eat me. I would eat her, if I could."
This is why I would much rather help an animal that is incredibly ugly - a creature that defies evolution and proper hygiene habits. I am not speaking of Barbara Boxer, but rather - the vulture.

But also, Barbara Boxer.




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