RSPCA campaign to save bats from cruel end

THE RSPCA says landowners must act to stop flying foxes dying slow and agonising deaths tangled in barbed wire fences.

Thousands of flying foxes die that way each year, and the RSPCA wants landowners to consider ways to limit risks.

Dr Tania Bishop, from the RSPCA's Queensland Wildlife Hospital, says simple things such as replacing the top strand of barbed wire with plain wire could cut the risk of entrapment by up to 80 per cent.
"From flying foxes to gliders and birds of prey, the injuries inflicted by barbed wire are extensive and the suffering endured by animals prior to rescue is immense," she said in a statement on Monday.

"The most distressing part of dealing with the treatment of animals entrapped by barbed wire is that every incident could have been prevented."

There are many alternatives to barbed wire, she said, adding landowners can also limit risks by removing fruit trees and native flowering plants from sites close to barbed wire fences.

Anyone who finds an entangled animal should contact the Queensland RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625), or the 24-hour Bat Rescue Hotline on 0488 228 134.


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BATS. Megabats, Flying-foxes, Fruit bats and Microbats: RSPCA campaign to save bats from cruel end
RSPCA campaign to save bats from cruel end
RSPCA campaign to save bats from cruel end Megabat, Flying fox, Fruit bat
BATS. Megabats, Flying-foxes, Fruit bats and Microbats
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