As millions of monarch butterflies begin their fall migration, this beautiful creature needs our help. Add your name: Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the monarch butterfly by declaring it a threatened species. Since 1990, monarch populations have crashed, with nearly 1 billion of the butterflies dying.1 The decline isn’t due to natural causes. The Washington Post called it “nothing short of a massacre.” How so? Pollution-driven climate change is part of the problem. But we’re also allowing the destruction of the monarchs’ habitat through the rapid acceleration in use of Monsanto’s toxic Roundup and Roundup Ready crops.
We’re endangering the existence of one of our most beautiful creatures in order to serve the interests of one of the world’s most powerful corporations, and for what? So it can sell massive amounts of toxic herbicides? No part of that makes sense.
As the monarchs begin their 3,000-mile fall migration, we need to make sure this migration isn’t their last. That’s why we’re calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to declare the monarch butterfly a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
If we succeed, we’ll give the monarchs more than a fighting chance. When it comes to preventing extinction, the Endangered Species Act has a 99% success rate. But we have to act now. Together, we will raise awareness of the monarchs’ plight and take action that can save them. Thanks, as always, for making it all possible. Yours, Dan Jacobson Environment California Legislative Director
- The monarch massacre: Nearly a billion butterflies have vanished, The Washington Post