Rare Birds, Indeed

Bombay, Michael Fathers
November 2000
Time International (South Pacific Edition);11/13/2000, Issue 45, p44
Reports that India's white-backed vulture population is suffering from a virus which is threatening the species with extinction. Death rites of Parsis in India which call for devout Zoroastrians to leave dead bodies out for vultures to devour; Plans of Parsis to set up an aviary in which they will breed enough vultures to cope with the human corpses; Criticism from reform-minded Parsis who argue that it is time to move on to more modern methods for disposing of the dead.


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