Replace culling of bats with non-lethal methods of preventing vampire bats from spreading rabies to livestock
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Background information and definitions
Vampire bats have been extensively culled in Latin America to prevent the spread of rabies to livestock. However, research shows that culling is ineffective and may increase the spread of rabies (e.g. Streicker et al. 2012). Non-lethal measures of disease control have been suggested as alternatives, such as vaccinating livestock against rabies (e.g. Benavides et al. 2017).
For an intervention relating to the spread of rabies to humans, see ‘Threat: Hunting – Replace culling of bats with non-lethal methods of preventing vampire bats from spreading rabies to humans’.
Benavides J.A., Rojas Paniagua E., Hampson K., Valderrama W. & Streicker D.G. (2017) Quantifying the burden of vampire bat rabies in Peruvian livestock. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 11, e0006105.
Streicker D.G., Recuenco S., Valderrama W., Gomez Benavides J., Vargas I., Pacheco V., Condori Condori R.E., Montgomery J., Rupprecht C.E., Rohani P. & Altizer S. (2012) Ecological and anthropogenic drivers of rabies exposure in vampire bats: implications for transmission and control. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279, 3384–3392.