Action: Inform local communities about disease risks from hunting and eating bat meat to reduce killing of bats
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- We found no studies that evaluated the effects of informing local communities about disease risks from eating bat meat to reduce killing of bats.
‘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.
Infectious diseases can be transmitted through the handling, preparation and consumption of bats. However, hunters and vendors are often unaware of these risks (Harrison et al 2011). Informing local communities about disease risks may discourage people from hunting and eating bats. However, this would need to be implemented with caution as it may also encourage negative attitudes and increase the intentional killing of bats to reduce the risk of exposure. See also ‘Inform local communities about the negative impacts of bat hunting to reduce killing of bats’.
Harrison M.E., Cheyne S.M., Darma F., Ribowo D.A., Limin S.H. & Struebig M.J. (2011) Hunting of flying foxes and perception of disease risk in Indonesian Borneo. Biological Conservation, 144, 2441–2449.