One of my two favorite birds (the other is the Mourning Dove), the vulture doesn't get nearly the respect it deserves. Yes, they look menacing. And yes, a group of vultures in a tree or on the ground is called a "committee of vultures," but that says more about humans than birds, doesn't it? (In flight, it's a kettle of vultures; when feeding, it's a wake of vultures.)
Have you ever thought about how many dead things are everywhere? If not for the carrion-eating vulture, we'd all be up to our necks in rotting, stinking carcasses and the diseases that often come with them. Reason enough to appreciate vultures.
Plus vultures have the coolest poop on the planet. When a vulture steps into a carcass to start ripping it up, the vulture expels thin, white, liquid-ish feces that runs down the bird's legs. Uric acid in the feces is an anti-bacterial agent that protects the vulture from germs that might be hiding in the rotting corpse. Interesting factoid for your next lunch with friends. You're welcome.
Over half of the 23 species worldwide are listed as threatened, endangered, or critically endangered. Yes, humans are largely responsible for the problem.
A vulture might grab a very sick or dying animal if other food is scarce, but these birds are not a threat to you or your toddler or your dog. They are an extremely important part of a healthy ecosystem, so show a little love.