Hundreds of Bats are Dying: Please Help Stop The Killing

The Mauritius fruit bats (aka flying foxes) play a key role in their ecosystem as pollinators and seed dispersers – and now they’re in grave danger. Each night, hundreds of these bats are being killed, until the government eliminates up to 18,000!

Bat experts across the world need your help to halt this horrendous act from continuing. Please directly email the Prime Minister and President of Mauritius and let them know how terrible and ineffective this cull is. Below is a letter you can easily copy and paste. We can stop the killing, but we must stand together to do it!

Hon. Prime Minister,
Sir Aneerood Jugnauth
Fax: +230 211 7907
Email: [email protected]

President of the Republic of Mauritius,
Hon. Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
Fax: +230 464 5370
Email: [email protected]


To Prime Minister Aneerood Jugnauth and President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim:

I am writing to urge you to do everything in your power to help stop your government’s mass cull of Mauritius fruit bats. Killing 18,000 of these unique creatures would be a completely unnecessary and highly regrettable move and will risk extinction for this already threatened species.

Five ways this cull is unethical, ineffective, and senseless:

  • The reporting of deaths is dubious at best; there is a good chance that more than the quoted 18,000 bats will be killed as a result of this poor policy decision.
  • We are currently in maternity season for Mauritian flying fox. This means that expecting mothers and their babies are being killed, and many other orphans left to fend for themselves.
  • By backing this cull, the Mauritian government stands to tarnish its otherwise good environmental record in the eyes of the international community, which could potentially impact the nation’s ecotourism industry.
  • There are many alternatives that can be implemented: the usage of nets to protect crops has proven to work in Thailand, Australia, and other nations.
  • The cull will cause a vulnerable species to become an endangered species almost over night according to the IUCN.

Please — help your government find a pathway to nonlethal options. We must not let the Mauritius fruit bat be wiped out as the result of poor wildlife management.

Sincerely,

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  • Jane Harrington
    Reply

    Please don’t kill the bats.

  • Wendy Adams McKenzie
    Reply

    So many species are disappearing in our life time. It is such a tragedy for us, the animals and future generations. Please listen to the science behind protecting the bats and let them live to educate us and our children. It is so vital in this time. I thank you.

  • Dana McDevitt
    Reply

    Please put a stop to this awful bat cull and encourage farmers to use non lethal methods, such as netting, sound deterrents etc. God designed bats to help the forest, pollinate and spread seeds. We have no right to kill them but we can be clever enough to keep them away from orchards. Please stop this before Mauritius destroys an endangered species endemic to your island.

    I have worked in PR and I hasten to add that you are creating terrible public relations for Mauritius. In this day of the Internet, reputations can be destroyed instantaneously and your economy may suffer greatly. People worldwide are very pro-conservation and find this abhorrent. Your tourism will suffer if you get a reputation for animal cruelty. Please stop now before more damage is done!

  • Lisa Martines
    Reply

    Please stop!

  • Rukaya Johaadien
    Reply

    Hello, have you considered starting an Avaaz campaign for this cause? They are great at leveraging a large number of signatures and bringing pressure down to bear upon governments. I would start one but I don’t live in Mauritius and I don’t feel I know enough about the issue.

  • Debra Schneider
    Reply

    Please don’t kill the bats. We need them to kill all the bad bugs in the world. Please Please save them…..

  • Linda
    Reply

    To Prime Minister Aneerood Jugnauth and President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim:

    I am writing to urge you to do everything in your power to help stop your government’s mass cull of Mauritius fruit bats. Killing 18,000 of these unique creatures would be a completely unnecessary and highly regrettable move and will risk extinction for this already threatened species.

    Five ways this cull is unethical, ineffective, and senseless:

    The reporting of deaths is dubious at best; there is a good chance that more than the quoted 18,000 bats will be killed as a result of this poor policy decision.
    We are currently in maternity season for Mauritian flying fox. This means that expecting mothers and their babies are being killed, and many other orphans left to fend for themselves.
    By backing this cull, the Mauritian government stands to tarnish its otherwise good environmental record in the eyes of the international community, which could potentially impact the nation’s ecotourism industry.
    There are many alternatives that can be implemented: the usage of nets to protect crops has proven to work in Thailand, Australia, and other nations.
    The cull will cause a vulnerable species to become an endangered species almost over night according to the IUCN.

    Please — help your government find a pathway to nonlethal options. We must not let the Mauritius fruit bat be wiped out as the result of poor wildlife management.

    Sincerely,

  • Jeffrey E
    Reply

    Please do not kill these bats. They are essential to the forest’s survival, and fruiting trees alltogether.

  • Natalie Stetler
    Reply

    Please save these wonderful creatures.

  • Lucinda Jane Burdett
    Reply

    Shame on you for killing such beautiful and essential creatures to our ecosystem. Please do the right thing and cease this senseless and cruel slaughter immediately. The world’s eyes are upon you

  • Christina Ploog
    Reply

    Please do whatever you can to help save the bats! They are such important animals.

  • tracey easton
    Reply

    Why must humans destroy everything they touch. We are do selfish as a race 🙁

  • Jan Depwe
    Reply

    Please stop killing the bats. Without them, our world, as we know it, will die, also!

  • kay keehner
    Reply

    Shame on you for this…!

  • LEX KEEHNER
    Reply

    please please dont kill the bats…:(

  • Laura brannam
    Reply

    Stop!!!

  • Betty Stebbins
    Reply

    Please save these bats. Please don’t destroy them.

  • Pekars
    Reply

    Please…..don’t kill bats, so lovely bats and necessary for diversity and other….please, NO !

  • c doonan
    Reply

    i think bats may be a partial solution to the mosquito problems in south america and the U S; mosquitoes seem to be causing more problems and migrating;the bat conservation organization probably has research on this; i intend to install a bat house etc in my large org garden etc.

  • Chris
    Reply

    I have a question… How can you get bats to move to a new location? We have a log home and they have decided to make the roof peak over our front deck their place to hang and poop & pee. We live in the woods, so there are several trees near for them and we also have put up two bat houses for them. We know they are good for keeping mosquitoes and other bugs away but I don’t care to have to clean their poop up every day along with washing windows that are 25ft up! Any suggestions??

    • Organization for Bat Conservation
      Reply

      Hey Chris,

      In the Fall, as the bats head back to the caves to hibernate, you could install a wedge at the peak of your roof to stop them from grasping easily. Then, install a bat house using our free eGuide, which gives them an easy replacement home!

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