What would Halloween be without bats?
Help stop the bat-killing White Nose Syndrome.
These flying mammals are as much a part of Halloween as jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating. But some parts of the United States have almost no bats left – they’ve been killed by an epidemic called White-nose Syndrome (WNS). Please keep the bats in Halloween by helping stop this disease. Tell the White House to fund the fight against WNS. WNS spreads farther each year, with dire consequences for North American bats. Scientists are predicting regional extinctions of the little brown bat in the northeastern United States by 2026 because of this lethal disease. Critical hibernation sites of endangered Indiana, gray, and Virginia big-eared bats are at risk. Twenty-five of the United States’ 47 bats species hibernate in caves and mines and could be affected by WNS.
WNS-related bat losses will affect us all. By eating insects that damage crops and carry disease, bats provide an invaluable service. Losing bats would cost U.S. farmers at least $3.7 billion a year in lost crops and increased pesticide use, increasing the financial strain on farming families, raising the price of food for consumers, and releasing more chemicals into our environment. In addition, regulations stemming from adding more bats to the Endangered Species List would impact such industries such as mining, defense, energy, forestry, infrastructure, tourism and outdoor recreation.
We are asking President Obama to include WNS funding in his Fiscal Year 2013 budget. With current economic constraints, however, he needs to hear from the public just how important WNS is. So we are using the White House’s new “We the People” petition tool to make our request. White House staff will review our request if we obtain 25,000 signatures by November 25! Celebrate Halloween by acting to protect bats! The November 25 deadline is just around the corner! Happy Halloween, and thank you for your ongoing dedication to wildlife and wild places.
Endangered Species Coalition
If you're unable to take action at the White House's "We the People" site, please go here to take action for bats: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6014/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8596