Monarch butterflies urgently need your help. This iconic, orange-and-black beauty was once common in backyards across the country -- but its population has plummeted by 90 percent from the 20-year average.
Monarchs must have Endangered Species Act protection to save their habitat from further destruction.
These delicate creatures weigh less than a gram, but every year they travel thousands of miles -- from Canada down to Mexico -- in an incredible, multigenerational migration. Generations of schoolchildren have learned about metamorphosis by watching monarch caterpillars transform into butterflies.
But the milkweed that monarchs depend on for survival is now being wiped out by genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant crops, as well as pesticides, human development and climate change.
Please sign our petition below -- ask the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act before it's too late.
We, the undersigned, are writing to urge you to protect monarch butterflies as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Monarchs have declined by 90 percent from their 20-year average and are threatened by genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant crops, pesticides, development, climate change and other factors. A threatened listing for monarchs will allow important research and educational activities to continue while protecting this iconic pollinator for future generations. Please enact immediate protection for monarchs.
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