Fear and ignorance – People are killing bats in Peru

Hyperaxion Mar 26, 2020

Peruvian authorities are trying to save the animals and inform the population that the species, important to the local ecosystem, does not transmit Covid-19.

Some people in Peru are killing bats in an attempt to control the Covid-19 pandemic, caused by the new coronavirus. According to the country’s authorities, citizens are concerned about the possibility of the animal transmitting the disease.

People are killing bats in Peru
Panic leads to ignorance. People are killing bats in Peru even though they pose no risk to human health. (Credit: Unsplash).

The concern of the Peruvian population is based on the scientists’ belief that the new coronavirus is the mutation of a virus that affects another animal species. Among the main suspects of being the original host of Sars-CoV-2 are pangolins, snakes and bats – species commonly consumed in Wuhan, China, where the disease arose.

Peruvian authorities warn that the virus that affects humans is a mutation of that which affects animals, meaning that other species are probably not vectors of the disease. “We must not distort the situation due to the pandemic. Bats are not our enemies,” Peru’s National Forest and Wildlife Service (SERFOR) said in a statement.

Now, SERFOR is rescuing endangered bats: more than 200 animals have already been removed from regions where they were exposed to humans and transferred to a cave. In addition, experts try to inform the population about the importance of this species for humans. “Seventy percent of the species in the world eat insects, many of which are harmful to agriculture and our health, such as mosquitoes that spread dengue and other diseases,” say the authorities.

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