Action: Avoid the use of antiparasitic drugs for livestock
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- We found no studies that evaluated the effects of avoiding the use of antiparasitic drugs for livestock on bat populations.
‘We found no studies’ means that we have not yet found any studies that have directly evaluated this action during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore we have been unable to assess whether or not the action is effective or has any harmful impacts. Please get in touch if you know of such a study for this action.
In some countries, livestock are treated with antiparasitic drugs to control parasites. These drugs may persist in livestock dung and have a negative impact on dung-eating invertebrates, which are an important food source for some insect-eating bat species (e.g. see EUROBATS 2010).
EUROBATS (2010) Report of the Intersessional Working Group on impact on bat populations of the use of antiparasitic drugs for livestock. Doc. EUROBATS.StC4-AC15.29. Rev1.