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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!

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Jul 10, 2018 Marilyn Williams Bats eat millions of mosquitos every night. Next time mosquitos don't bite you at your next outing, thank a bat!!
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