Target: Daniel Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: List the monarch butterfly as endangered to save the species
Thanks to pesticides, destruction of habitat, and lack of food sources, the monarch butterfly population is swiftly declining. Scientists at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are calling for drastic action to save the species and one such action involves classifying the butterflies as endangered. This would guarantee federal protection for the monarch butterfly, along with funding to rebuild the species’ population. Sign this petition to urge U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel Ashe to list the monarch butterfly as endangered.
It’s estimated that monarch butterfly populations have dropped by at least 90 percent in the past two decades because milkweed — the caterpillar’s primary source of food — is swiftly disappearing. While monarch butterflies can feed off of a variety of different flowers, the caterpillars can only eat milkweed, and this plant has been obliterated by farmers. It’s left landscapes completely barren of milkweed and it’s having an adverse effect on our crops.
Other factors such as harmful pesticides and habitat destruction also contribute to the butterfly’s decline. With very few flowers existing on United States soil, the monarch butterflies are starving. Genetically modified crops are not helping the situation, as scientists are creating crops meant to kill off milkweed. Pesticides, used not just in the United States but also in Mexico, are killing off the butterflies. The mere fact that monarch butterflies migrate would allow farmers to time the butterflies’ arrival and use pesticides in an effective and timely manner if farmers want to save the species.
Monarch butterflies are just as important as our bees and hummingbirds. They help to pollinate our crops and flowers, feed other predators, and provide a vibrant and colorful landscape. Their continued existence benefits everyone, whether they be man or beast. Sign this petition and urge Director Ashe to list the monarch butterfly as an endangered species.
Dear Director Ashe,
Monarch butterflies are quickly disappearing and their decline has been attributed to the loss of milkweed, the use of pesticides, and the destruction of their habitat. These butterflies are responsible for pollinating our crops and keeping our landscapes beautiful. If they disappear, it spells disaster not just for our species, but for many others.
Scientists have provided concrete proof of the butterflies’ importance to our ecosystem. Surely you have noticed the apparent lack of butterflies in your neighborhood? This is not just a problem affecting a small region or state, it affects the entire nation. However, you can do something to change the problem. I implore you to use your power and influence to list the monarch butterfly as an endangered species. All living creatures depend on the butterfly, and that includes you.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Kenneth Dwain Harrelson via Wikimedia Commons