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  • "A belief that smoking a vulture's brains brings powers of clairvoyance to the smoker - supposedly useful for predicting sports scores - has conservationists worried about a further decline in the endangered birds' population during the World Cup.

    Mark Anderson, the director of Birdlife South Africa, said the practice, performed in order to foresee the results of sports matches and Lotto draws, was "one of the main factors" contributing to "major decline" in vulture populations.

    With the World Cup, conservationists fear an increased use of vulture muti for betting on soccer games."

    "World Cup threat to SA's vulture population" by Caitlin Ross, Cape Times, 13 June 2010.

    June 14, 2010