Save Bats From Brutal Slaughter

Target: The Right Honorable Pravind Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius

Goal: Protect fruit bats from extinction due to unjust culls.

Around the globe, bats are considered pests or characters in terrifying myths and are therefore misunderstood and mistreated. In 2018, the Mauritian government killed 13,000 bats, more than twenty percent of the population. Now they are targeted again by the call for a new cull.

Most often the fruit bats are shot, but rarely die instantaneously. They are left in agony to succumb to their horrible injuries. Officially, 50,000 bats were slaughtered in recent years, not counting the undocumented killing that is done by the public. The killing results in the population being weaker and less resistant to natural disasters. Additionally, the flying fox was uplisted to Endangered and will be critically Endangered soon.

These magnificent creatures are not only threatened by culls, but also habitat loss through deforestation for farming, mining, and human construction. Their homes are also at risk due to improper tourism and the harvesting of bat droppings, which are used as fertilizer. Furthermore, the bat population is decreasing because of diseases, and in some countries, the rise in wind turbines, which causes many bats to die when they accidentally fly into the blades. Cats, both domestic and feral, pose an additional threat to the species.

Instead of receiving urgently needed protection for being a vital pollinator, the fruit bat is pushed closer towards extinction. And for no valid reason. Calls to cull bats to lessen crop damage are often based on inadequate information on the actual damage they cause. Most often the damage in orchards, that is done by other fruit pests, such as rodents and birds, is not considered.

The cull goes against all commitments to international conventions followed by the Government of Mauritius and the authorities are unwilling to find any non-lethal solutions.

The Government of Mauritius must stop this cull that will endanger this already frail species. Ethical options must be explored to eliminate crop damage. Fruit bats that pose no risk to people or their surroundings must be saved. Sign this petition to urge the prime minister of Mauritius to protect fruit bats.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Right Honorable Mr. Jugnauth,

You already allow more than fifty thousand bats to be slaughtered in Mauritius. You let people shoot them, leaving the poor animals to die of their ghastly wounds.

The flying fox is already an Endangered species and will soon be critically Endangered with your aid in their elimination. Instead of granting the bats urgently needed protection for being a vital pollinator, you drag them closer to extinction. Not only are these magnificent creatures threaten by cullings but also by habitat loss, destruction of their homes due to improper tourism, the harvesting of their droppings, diseases, the rise in wind turbines, and domestic and feral cats.

The bats are killed for no valid reason. You base the call for culls on inadequate information. You disregard to consider the role of other fruit pests in reasons for orchard damage.

The cull goes against all commitments to international conventions obeyed by the Government of Mauritius. Your government must stop culling bats. Ethical options must be explored to eliminate crop damage. The fruit bats that pose no risk to people or their surroundings must be saved. I urge you to stop the senseless killing of fruit bats now.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Tambako The Jaguar


29 Comments

  1. Renata Kuchinsky says:

    Stop this senseless killing.
    This is absolutely wrong.

  2. I am totally sickened by the slaughter of the Mauritian flying-foxes and outright torture of these beautiful animals by dumb, ignorant, thoughtless humans. Bats are far more priceless creatures on this planet than humans will ever be. Horrific!! Why isn’t this government being held to account as well as the Mauritians who are co-conspirators of this crime against the pollinators and seed dispersers of this planet’s dwindling forests and rainforests.

  3. THIS PURE EVIL AND IT NEEDS TO STOP. IGNORANT PEOPLE LIKE THOSE ARE DANGEROUS TO ANIMALS, THEY SHOULD BE SLAUGHTERED NOT THE BATS.

  4. This is cruel and wicked, there is no valid reason to slaughter the innocent bats. They shoot them and leave them to die an horrific painful lingering death!! Stop this needless slaughter now.

  5. This is a SHOCKING ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME against a precious art that bats represent!
    STOP this BRAINLESS DESTRUCTION and SLAUGHTER of FRUIT BATS NOW!!! It’s also SADISTIC AND PSYCHOPATHIC TO SHOOT BATS AND LEAVE THEM SUFFERING and PAINFULLY DYING of their ghastly wounds!
    SHAME!! SHAME!! SHAME & DISGRACE ON YOU MAURITIUS!!! YOU ARE DISGUSTING ANIMAL ABUSERS!

  6. All those who were/are in favor of these killings need to be shot and left to die. IN MY OPINION

  7. Janet Garraghan says:

    Bloody imbeciles! What the hell are the backward degenerates thinking! Selfish, cruel, heartless human beings who couldn’t care less about any other living creature! Breaks my heart!

  8. Bats have a right to live as much or more than the human species. Animal abusers must be put to death globally.

  9. Stephanie Geyser says:

    The famous dodo lived on Mauritius. Human intervention (introduction of pigs) made it extinct. Obviously Mauritius hasn’t learned anything – because they now want to make more of their animals extinct. And on such a small island country, that will be lethal to the production of food. Unfortunately, extinction is forever.

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