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Preliminary   > Environment and Ecology   >   Miscellaneous   >   Loss of biodiversity in india

Why in news?

  • Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) has demanded a ban on using Aceclofenac in cattle after a new study showed that the drug is metabolized into diclofenac in water buffaloes — as it does in cows.

About Aceclofenac:

  • Aceclofenac is a veterinary painkiller used to treat cattle and dogs.
  • It is one among the three non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) drugs—aeclofenac, ketoprofen and nimesulide—were introduced as alternatives to diclofenac, that India banned in 2006 for animal use because it caused widespread vulture deaths.
  • However, India’s vulture conservation action plan for 2020-25 recommends a ban on the veterinary use of the three drugs.


‘Aceclofenac’, sometimes seen in news, is a

(a) Veterinary drug used in cattles

(b) Chemicals used in green crackers

(c) Cleansing agent in cosmetics

(d) Disinfectant widely used in mortuaries