Target: Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Goal: Save the endangered Oregon branded butterflies
Researchers have just identified British Columbia’s most threatened butterfly as the Oregon branded Skipper. Pesticides that are known to kill insects and damage crops threaten the butterfly subspecies. The Oregon branded Skipper dwells in deposition landforms found off coasts, and in slightly vegetated areas. The main threat to this species comes from pesticides and insecticides that are used to control moths and caterpillars. These pesticides kill the butterflies upon contact. Urge Canada to find another method of pest control and save these butterflies from extinction.
The Oregon branded Skipper is found in only four sites in British Columbia which comes out to less than a total of 20 square kilometers. It is threatened by the specific application of Bacteria “Kurstaki” or also known as the “Btk pesticide” which is used to control the intrusive moth population and by the encroachment of vegetation in open habitats and crops. Btk pesticides are used for pest moth and caterpillar control that invade food crops. Btk starts working at the larvae stage, therefore the butterflies never get a chance to survive the spray.
Conserving these butterflies are of utmost importance because they are a visible part of British Columbia. We need to do everything in our power to preserve this subspecies of butterflies. Saving the butterflies will be the first step in saving the rest of the animals and plant life that depend on their existence to live. If there was an alternative way to control the nuisance moths near the butterflies then it should be used instead.
Dear Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada,
The Oregon branded Skipper is one of the subspecies of butterflies that are known to fly around British Columbia. Unfortunately, these beautiful creatures are at risk because there is a huge problem concerning this specific butterfly population. They are being killed by the chemicals that are meant to kill moths and caterpillars that threaten crops. The insects are poisoned by the pesticide at the larvae level, therefore they are essentially eradicated before they even become butterflies.
Please find a new way to control the moths with more environmentally friendly sprays.There are other methods to control pests that does not involve chemicals. For example, there can be barriers and traps implemented so that the moths don’t get to the targeted plants. These barriers can be employed to help trap out or capture unwanted insects and animals. If this problem does not get fixed, the butterflies will not stand a chance.
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