The pain in Spain: Vultures are hungry, need meat

MADRID (AP) - Spanish vultures are hungry, even starving - and
the regional government in Madrid plans to do something about it.
European Union laws aimed at halting the spread of Mad Cow
disease require the countryside to be kept clear of dead livestock
even if they died of natural causes.
But Juan Carlos Atienza of the Spanish Ornithological
Organization says the lack of animal corpses since the law was
introduced in Spain in 2002 has hit certain vultures very hard.
Esperanza Aguirre, president of Madrid's regional government,
said Monday the capital aims to ease the vultures' hunger by
allowing some dead animals to remain.
Atienza says the EU is studying a change that would allow some
regions to leave carrion out.


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