May 11, 2011
Internet harassment is on the rise and, unfortunately, Bat World Sanctuary and our Founder and President, Amanda Lollar, have been recent victims. We have been harassed and defamed by an individual who has attacked one of our strongest commitments – the one thing we fight the hardest for – the humane treatment of bats.
We have an upstanding reputation. To counter her deleterious allegations, we welcomed inspections by the City of Mineral Wells, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the USDA, and the Texas State Department of Health. Every official who investigated our facility found her allegations to be completely without merit:
“ I have visited Bat World Sanctuary multiple times over the past three years. The facility has always been clean and well organized. I have never encountered a strong ammonia smell which is very common in many bat enclosures. The resident bats have always appeared healthy. The rehab bats and babies are housed in a separate quarantine area and this area has always been clean and the bats appeared to be receiving more than adequate care. I spoke with the local Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Agent in the area. He concurred with my assessment. The place is clean and well organized and the bats look happy and healthy. There is absolutely no evidence confirming any of the accusations made by the complainant. On the contrary, Ms. Lollar appears to be providing exceptional care as required under the Animal Welfare Act.“ Click here to review complete results of the investigations.
The false claims made by this individual placed every bat in our care in jeopardy, including over 200 rescued orphans, bats who have lived peacefully with us for almost 20 years, and over 50,000 bats at our wild sanctuary. Had it not been for our well-established reputation with government officials, every bat in our care could have been destroyed by inhumane decapitation due to her outlandish claims.
Ironically, this individual alleges to be an advocate for animals.
Rather than battle our assailant quietly, we chose to meet this assault head-on. We’ve been able to do so because we have the support of one the best animal rights attorneys in the country, Randy Turner. Throughout this ordeal we have also maintained the support of numerous animal welfare groups around the world. As one spokesperson put it, “This could have been any of us.”
While this malicious attack has severely affected our donations, we have persevered, continuing to provide the highest level of care for the bats in our charge. We have not wavered in our mission – not at all, and we remain strong.
Our fortitude is strengthened when we look into the eyes of the bats whose lives we have saved. The grateful eyes of a starving orphaned bat pup who finally has a full stomach; the relieved eyes of a suffering bat who is no longer in pain; and the joyful eyes of an abused captive bat who has led a miserable life before coming to us – that is where our strength lies, and that is why we will prevail.
Harassment and bullying over the internet is a growing concern and we are not alone in being victimized in this manner. For those of you who may be experiencing something similar, please allow us to serve as an example that you CAN rise above it if you remain strong, and above all remember that truth is proof.
Thank you for your support.
Bat World Sanctuary
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I have just spent my entire day reading about what “hell” this woman Mary Cummins has brought into your life and thus the lives and care of all the bats you help at the Bat World Sanctuary. It is truly enough to make one cry. You have done an amazing job trying to fend her off legally, I cannot imagine trying to rally the resources to defend yourself legally and otherwise. I cannot imagine how depleting this all has been for you for so many years. Just reading the whole legal transcript posted at the beginning of this page (took me hours). and just about everything else on this page. has left me exhausted. I am emotionally spent imagining you in and during this situation. Just trying to wrap my head around the lengths this woman has taken over such a long period of time, is a difficult undertaking. It is literally mind bending to think of this person (any person) and the incredible effort and work and time spent on keeping you in her sites, stalking you on the web, the agencies, the courts, and she just keeps on and on. I am almost in shock that someone can keep such ill will going for SO LONG. I am a positive person, and I would THINK that after so long, at SOME POINT, she would have some sort of…epiphany… recognition, an awakening to the negative destroying evil nature of what she has been doing, and LET IT GO. I keep having terrible thoughts and feelings of how her poison has not only effected you in the past, but still hangs on to possibly tarnish what you still attempt to do today, AND in the future. It is simply criminal, I consider it right up there with cruel and unusual punishment defined by the Supreme Court. I am sorry but I find myself praying for you but also that I never have to experience her or anyone like her in my life as you have. I want to say to you, I am so PROUD of you, for getting through so far, for FIGHTING and not giving up, for CONTINUING to carry on with your Bat Sanctuary, and especially for not sinking to this person’s inhuman levels at any point. Also, I want to say I am so thankful for anyone and everyone who helped you along this difficult journey, and those that still stand by you and for you. I realize I have made a long post, but I became involved today on this journey reading about your journey. I am married almost 4 decades to a special man who is also a veterinarian (small animal). I used to work with him in the beginning, before our 34yr old son was not yet a twinkle in my eyes… I have followed the bat people in Australia trying to rescue all their bats, and keep people from destroying their habitat, as the bats are so good for every aspect of ecology there (of course!). I will follow you and try to help you and your Texas bats. And I will keep you all in my prayers, especially for peace, for RELIEF, for sustenance, and for the end of this nightmare. God bless.