White-nose syndrome is decimating bat populations in a number of states. Including funding in the fiscal year 2013 budget to study the issue of white-nose syndrome and how to curtail its spread will help safeguard a valuable species that provides protection for our crops and our health. Bats eat insects that damage crops and carry diseases, thereby, providing an invaluable service to farmers and to all of us alike.
Since 2006, when the disease was first identified, white-nose syndrome has been found in over a hundred caves in the Northeast, north into Canada, and south into North Carolina. With such a rapid spread, the Fish and Wildlife Service has called for a moratorium on caving activities in the affected areas in the event humans are partially responsible for spreading the disease.
Write President Obama and urge him to include funding in the fiscal year 2013 budget to study this disease and ways to protect bats from being destroyed by white-nose syndrome.
The Honorable Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500