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Have you ever heard of the theory that says just one flap of a butterfly's wings can cause a hurricane on the other side of the earth? Whether the theory is true or not, small changes can have drastic effects on other seemingly unrelated circumstances.

That's what will happen if we see more bat deaths due to the disease white-nose syndrome. Because of the quantity of insects bats eat, a decline in bat populations would be mean disaster for crops across the country. Increased pesticide use could cost the US billions of dollars, and harm the environment.[1]

Almost seven million bats have perished since 2006 as a result of white-nose syndrome — it's being labeled the worst wildlife health emergency in US history. Continued depletion of this population of incredible creatures is a catastrophe for agriculture and for the ecosystem, and as the disease spreads across the country[2], we have to come together to fight it.

Congress members like Senator Leahy, VT[3], have called for greater funding to combat this disease. We need them to stand up and demand a national plan[4] to fight white-nose syndrome. Sign below to support efforts to save America's bats and help farmers!

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Dear Senator Patrick Leahy:

Thank you for fighting to keep bats alive, and consequently, helping save America's crop and farmland. Your work to help bats in your state has been impressive and effective. But we need you to do more.

White-nose syndrome is spreading vehemently among North American bat populations, and since 2006, has killed close to seven million bats. Bats eat insects, thereby naturally controlling much of the insect population that destroys crops and produce. If bat numbers decline, major crop losses could occur. It could subsequently cost America billions dollars in pesticides. This is a national problem, and demands a coordinated national response.

We can't afford to lose these bats — not only for the sake of animal preservation, but for the health of our crops and the financial state of our government. We need a national plan to fight white-nose syndrome, and protect our bat population.

Please continue to fight for national attention and funding to stop the spread of white-nose syndrome and protect our country's bats.

Thank you!

Petition Signatures


Aug 17, 2018 Bernie Doherty
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 16, 2018 loredana paba
Aug 15, 2018 Jana Pettinger
Aug 14, 2018 Lourdes Acevedo
Aug 14, 2018 marita hanse
Aug 13, 2018 Camille Clarke
Aug 13, 2018 Colette Winslow
Aug 13, 2018 Stephen Eichelberger
Aug 13, 2018 Elaine Coburn
Aug 13, 2018 Vikki Pingle
Aug 13, 2018 Lois Roach
Aug 13, 2018 janna murphy
Aug 6, 2018 Carla Miranda
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Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 4, 2018 MARTY BOSTIC
Aug 2, 2018 Kathleen Scherman
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Aug 2, 2018 Petra Achtzehnter
Aug 1, 2018 Patrizia Cordoni
Jul 31, 2018 Carolyn Smith
Jul 31, 2018 Catherine King-Chuparkoff
Jul 30, 2018 Pam Freilich
Jul 29, 2018 Christian KIEFFER
Jul 28, 2018 Kimberly Flores
Jul 28, 2018 Cherie Chantal
Jul 23, 2018 Sheila Randles
Jul 23, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
Jul 22, 2018 Mary Price
Jul 22, 2018 Cathy Pohlman I've been a fan of Merlin Tuttle and his work to save bats for a long time. Thank you for your efforts in this area, it's very much appreciated.
Jul 22, 2018 Susan Tatelman In our current times, when people, our rights, and our democracy are under attack, thank you for understanding the importance of recognizing the struggles faced by animals. Thank you for advocating for the bats, and any other help you can offer animals!
Jul 22, 2018 Kirsten Deveraux
Jul 22, 2018 Alana Kaplan
Jul 22, 2018 Kirsten Van Heurck
Jul 22, 2018 Sarah Von Beanz
Jul 22, 2018 Karen Scarlet
Jul 22, 2018 Avi Okin
Jul 22, 2018 Kristel Van Heurck
Jul 21, 2018 Carol Dixon
Jul 21, 2018 Wendy Fulginiti
Jul 21, 2018 Alicia Calloway
Jul 21, 2018 Linda Santanen Bats are SO important to the ecosystem!! We would be overrun with insects if not for bats!! Plus they are cute!!
Jul 21, 2018 Lynn Zurcher Law
Jul 21, 2018 Joan Hatcher
Jul 21, 2018 Kathryn N. Fox
Jul 21, 2018 Malinda Henkel Thank you Senator Leahy for addressing this national problem of losing our wonderful bats, which helps with the bug infestation. Work hard to get this done!!!!
Jul 21, 2018 Laurie Zdrofcoff
Jul 21, 2018 e raven

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