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Commentary Article - (2023) Volume 7, Issue 2

Necropsy on Pesticide-Infested Animals: Unveiling the Impact on Wildlife and Ecosystems
Vladimir Buttowski*
1Department of Veterinary Science, Cornell University, USA
*Correspondence: Vladimir Buttowski, Department of Veterinary Science, Cornell University, USA, Email:

Received: 29-May-2023, Manuscript No. IPJVMS-23-17347; Editor assigned: 31-May-2023, Pre QC No. IPJVMS-23-17347(PQ); Reviewed: 14-Jun-2023, QC No. IPJVMS-23-17347; Revised: 19-Jun-2023, Manuscript No. IPJVMS-23-17347(R); Published: 26-Jun-2023, DOI: 10.36648/2574-2868.7.2.18


Pesticides play a crucial role in modern agriculture, aiding in crop protection and increasing yields to feed a growing global population. However, their widespread use has also sparked concerns about their impact on the environment, particularly on non-target organisms such as wildlife. As pesticide-related incidents involving animals continue to be reported, the need for necropsies on pesticide-infested animals becomes essential in understanding the true extent of their effects on ecosystems. Necropsy, commonly referred to as an animal autopsy, involves the detailed examination of an animal’s body postmortem to determine the cause of death and to gather information about any potential underlying health issues. In the context of pesticide- infested animals, necropsies serve as a valuable tool for researchers and environmentalists to assess the direct and indirect effects of pesticides on wildlife populations and ecosystems. One of the key aspects of necropsies on pesticide-infested animals is the identification of the specific pesticides involved. Toxicology studies conducted through necropsies can pinpoint the presence of various chemicals in the animal’s tissues, helping scientists understand which pesticides are affecting wildlife the most. This information is crucial for regulatory agencies and policymakers to make informed decisions regarding the use and regulation of pesticides. Beyond identifying the pesticides, necropsies can reveal the physiological and anatomical changes induced by pesticide exposure. The impact of pesticides can manifest in various ways, including organ damage, altered reproductive capabilities, and compromised immune systems. By carefully examining these effects, researchers can draw connections between pesticide exposure and the overall health of the affected species, as well as potential cascading effects throughout the food chain. Furthermore, necropsies provide insights into the broader ecological consequences of pesticide contamination. When predators or scavengers consume pesticide-contaminated animals, the toxic compounds can accumulate in their bodies, leading to bioaccumulation and biomagnification. Through necropsy examinations, scientists can trace the movement of these pesticides within the ecosystem and gauge the potential risks they pose to higher trophic levels, including predators and even humans. Necropsy findings also shed light on the spatial and temporal distribution of pesticide-related incidents. By analyzing the geographic locations and timing of animal deaths, researchers can identify hotspot areas of pesticide contamination. This information can aid in targeting conservation efforts, implementing better management practices, and influencing policy decisions to mitigate the impact of pesticides on vulnerable wildlife populations. The data obtained from necropsies on pesticide-infested animals are also invaluable for raising public awareness about the consequences of pesticide use. Visual documentation of the effects of pesticides on wildlife can evoke emotional responses, compelling individuals and communities to advocate for more sustainable agricultural practices and stricter pesticide regulations. Public pressure has the potential to drive change at both local and global levels, prompting industries to adopt more environmentally friendly alternatives. However, conducting necropsies on pesticide-infested animals does come with challenges.



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Citation: Buttowski V (2023) Necropsy on Pesticide-Infested Animals: Unveiling the Impact on Wildlife and Ecosystems. J Veterinary Med. 7:18.

Copyright: © 2023 Buttowski V. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.