July 2017: Indian Government bans nylon strings for kite-flying across India

One localised threat to vultures (and many other birds) which has certainly killed and injured large numbers in the past has been banned by the Indian Government on 11 July. Particularly in NW India, this has been an increasing activity centred on festivals and kite-fighting contests, with the sharp ground-glass on the nylon kite-strings causing the main threat and injuries to birds. Although not the biggest threat, this is a big and very welcome (temporary at least) step that has been taken for bird conservation and welfare, including vultures.

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