posted on Dec, 17 2011 @ 12:23 PM
Okay. Now it's personal.
Crows dying all over India. A crow family of 50,000 in Jharkhand decimated by 40%. A family in Jamshedpur lost 2000 crows in just one week.
Is it H5N1 Bird Flu? Another sign of major ecological imbalance? Both? More? All of the above?
Statewide Zoo Alert on Crow Deaths
…Earlier, tests at Jamshedpur — considered to be the epicentre of crow deaths — revealed conflicting results. National Institute of Virology,
Pune, drew a blank, the state animal husbandry department dithered about citing a specific virus and Indian Veterinary Research Institute in
Bareilly said H5N1, one of the deadliest avian virus strains, was the culprit.
…the fear about human threat and possible pandemic is running high. …a bulletin of World Health Organisation says the worry is overrated.
Environment bodies, zoo authorities and ornithologists are deliberating on four main angles — the exact reason behind deaths, human and animal
peril, the magnitude of dwindling numbers and finally, long-term ecological impact if the bird becomes endangered.
Ecologically, it hints towards a major imbalance.
If a study conducted by Jamshedpur ornithologist K.K. Sharma — who first sounded the alarm on the deaths — is to be believed, Jharkhand had around
50,000 house crows, but in just three months, the numbers are 40 per cent down.
Ornithologist K.K. Sharma, who authored the Jamshedpur study, says he doesn't think H5N1 bird flu is the cause - reminding people that a chemical
called diclofenac, used to treat cattle, killed off the nations' vultures. Ooops.
Seems crows are following vultures and eagles into extinction.
Sharma said …he was sceptical about H5N1 virus as the cause.
“In the case of vultures, too, everyone spoke about a virus scare. With 1 per cent of vultures left, we realised that diclofenac, used to treat
cattle, is behind the deaths,” he said.
He said crows were winging behind vultures and eagles to oblivion.
Crows: Friends of Man
Crows clean up human garbage - so they're exposed to a lot of toxins and pathogens. Perhaps they do help protect people from exposure by cleaning up.
But what with all the toxins, chemicals and other contaminants in the environment, adding bird flu to the mix is just too much.
Birds or people, our body's systems are overstressed - and overwhelmed.
Wildlife activist D.S. Srivastava said crows were friends of man. “They are scavengers who clean up pathogens from garbage near homes, protecting
children and elderly who have less immunity,”…
We cannot separate health from the environment. Not for crows, and not for ourselves. Time to pay attention.