I am afraid of bats because:
1.) I was taught to be afraid of them
2.) because they can carry rabies.
3.) They fly around too close to my head. I had a boy throw a toad and it got stuck in my hair when I was 12, don't want to experience that with a bat at any age.
4.) They are portrayed as creepy
Without bats, say goodbye to bananas, avocados and mangoes. Over 300 species of fruit depend on bats for pollination. Bats help spread seeds for nuts, figs and cacao -- the main ingredient in chocolate. Without bats, we also wouldn’t have plants like agave or the iconic saguaro cactus.
Other animals that can get rabies: foxes, skunks, raccoons, opossums, deer, rabbits, horses, cattle... and of course dogs and cats
i'm hoping for the future instead of targetting them negatively that people will learn more about them and help them through vaccinations to help reduce the worst of the diseases. they are such strong communal creatures that they can have a very large number of communal diseases that can rapidly spread.
i think the same about mosquitoes too. we shouldn't be eradicating creatures that are a large part of our biological food chain, instead we should be learning as much as possible and helping them out.
like perhaps if we learned how to make it so that if they bit us it didn't itch or spread diseases i wouldn't care and would gladly give them a fair share of my blood. or perhaps we could have fake bloody arms around that they can bite and feed off of that are just there for them and so they don't have to feed off us, etc. there's so much more that can be done instead of eradication/poisoning...