Vultures

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Warning: it is possible that you will learn nothing in this article and that,
after reading it, you’ll think I am a big moron. These things happen.

 

If your brilliant idea for an exotic holiday in 2016 is to travel to Ghana and eat vulture meat, forget about it. Actually, forget about eating vulture and that’s it.

This might sound stupid to you but I come from a country where we don’t talk much about vultures, so when I went to Ghana and I was told I could eat cat, dog, snake… but not vulture, I first thought it was a joke. ‘Wild birds… protected species… Migratory Bird Treaty Act, you moron’, you think. Honestly, it never crossed my mind that vultures belonged to a protected species since they are scavengers *. But that’s precisely the point.

In Northern America and Europe, most people probably think of these wild birds as an endangered species that we need to protect, but in Ghana and other African countries, people have a more practical view: vultures are scavengers and feed primarily on carrion *; they clean up the environment and help prevent diseases from spreading*. In 2012, two people were almost lynched * for killing* vultures, which is proof enough that these are considered to play a vital role in the ecosystem.

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* Prepositions + -ing form

In, from, about, with, without, of, up, down, out… are prepositions. When placing a verb after a preposition, you need to use the –ing form (in many Indo-European languages, you use an infinitive). That’s also why you use the –ing form after phrasal verbs:
_ They were lynched for killing vultures.
_ We are interested in learning Chinese.
_ She gave up smoking.