Caption: Turkey Vulture chick. This photo by whiteoakart is used here courtesy of a Creative Commons license.The article makes reference to the Turkey Vulture Society. It also inadvertently confuses the relationship between New World vultures and Old World vultures. Although they play similar ecological roles, they are not at all closely related. New World vultures (family Cathartidae) are evolutionarily most similar to storks and herons in the order Ciconiiformes, while Old World vultures (family Accipitridae) are closely aligned with hawks and eagles in the order Falconiformes.
As ungainly in appearance and disgusting in their dining habits as vultures may be, I fail to see how anyone could look dispassionately upon these birds as gruesome or revolting, or without great appreciation of the critically important role they play as nature's recyclers.
Caption: Turkey Vulture adult. This photo by hjelle is used here courtesy of a Creative Commons license.