Stop the senseless killing and abuse of bats -- Require zoos to control their bat populations humanely.

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In an effort to control their excess bat populations, zoos across America are supplying their excess fruit bats to research facilities where they are used for research and then euthanized. Some zoos resort to culling their fruit bat populations to control the numbers, while others unload their excess bats onto unscrupulous, exotic pet trade dealers. These poor bats typically end up in cramped cages where they are used for breeding. Their babies are often ripped away from their mothers and then sold to the public for outrageous prices ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Fruit bats entering the pet trade typically die within their first year.

Please help us save these bats by asking the USDA/ APHIS to require zoos to control their bat populations humanely by neutering male bats. Also demand that zoos take proper steps to avoid bat overpopulation and stop sending their excess bats to research and the cruel, exotic pet trade.

These animals don’t deserve this type of treatment and it is up to us to demand better. Join me in calling on the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to create regulations requiring zoos that keep bats to control their bat populations humanely.