April 3, 2020
Bat World Sanctuary, together with HSUS, NWRA, Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation, veterinarians, biologists and bat rehabilitators across the US, has issued a position statement in response to several state wildlife agencies restricting the rehabilitation of bats, with some calling for the euthanasia of healthy, releasable bats, due to a concern of reverse zoonosis of COVID-19. We are urging a rational, scientific, and humane approach to the management and handling of grounded bats and bats in rehabilitation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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