Vultures are disappearing in South Africa. This is not because of pollution or global warming or development. Vultures are disappearing because gamblers are literally smoking their brains. That’s right. Smoking their brains.
South Africans who follow traditional medicine believe that, when smoked and inhaled, the brain of a vulture gives you the gift of premonition. Gamblers are flocking to the vulture black market to get an edge on things like the national lottery.
Environmentalists fear that vultures will be decimated with the approach of the football World Cup in South Africa.
Hunters will often poison one bird to kill other vultures that feed on the carcass — killing hundreds at a time.
African healers prefer for the bird to be captured alive to remove the head while still leaving, but most Africans do not ask about such methods before lighting up.
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