Mauritius: flying fox: NO to the cull!


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Mauritius flying fox: NO to the cull!


Dear friends of the rainforests,

The government of Mauritius is gearing up for a massacre: it wants to kill 18,000 Mauritius flying foxes – giant fruit bats found only on the island – in response to complaints from orchard operators.

The ecological consequences and sheer cruelty of the plan loom large: The impact of flying foxes on the island’s fruit crops has been debunked as wildly exaggerated. Furthermore, they play a vital role as pollinators and seed dispersers in the Mauritian ecosystem.

The cull would take place at a time when females are pregnant or nursing their offspring. A significant part of the next generation would thus be left behind to starve. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the killing could leave the species critically endangered.

Tell the Mauritian government not to risk the extinction of the Mauritius flying fox to protect the profits of a handful of orchard operators.

Thanks for being involved,

Reinhard Behrend

Rainforest Rescue (Rettet den Regenwald e.V.)

Rainforest Rescue

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