Bats aren’t the scary creatures pop culture makes them out to be. In fact, we need them to eat vast quantities of insects that would pester us and ruin crops we depend on.
But despite how important bats are to us, we’re decimating their populations by taking over their habitat, overusing pesticides and even authorizing the destruction of hundreds of roosts every year.
Britain’s bats are supposed to be legally protected. According to law, bat roosts can only be destroyed in exceptional circumstances. Apparently there were 1,300 such exceptional circumstances last year alone. That kind of mass destruction cannot be what the law intended.
It’s time for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to stop granting licenses to destroy the homes of a threatened species willy-nilly.
Tell Defra to tighten standards and start actually protecting bats and their homes by clicking here to sign the petition