Thursday, August 16, 2012

Expendable-2 kills endangered bats

My older daughter sent me a link yesterday about how the producers of the movie The Expendables - 2 had destroyed the habitat of bats in Bulgaria.  Bats are not on my daughter's list of cute animals, but she knows they are essential to our world.

Bats are already being decimated in the country by white-nose syndrome, which keeps bats awake during what should be their hibernation, Thus they die from exhaustion and malnutrition.  In New York's Hudson Valley region, more than a million bats have been lost since 2006.

Why save bats?  Check out what Bat World has to say:

Bats  are clean, gentle and intelligent, they are vital to the ecosystem, and they enhance our lives in many ways. Fruit and nectar bats bring us approximately 450 commercial products and over 80 different medicines through seed dispersal and pollination. Up to 98% of all rainforest regrowth comes from seeds that have been spread by fruit bats. Insect-eating bats are literal vacuum cleaners of the night skies, eating millions upon millions of harmful bugs. They protect us by eating insect-pests that destroy crops as well as insects that cause human disease.
So go ahead and sign the petition at Bat World, and let the producers know you'll be boycotting their movie.

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