Scientists Are Now Classifying Monarch Butterflies as Endangered Species. Why Won't the U.S. Government Do the Same?

  • by: Care2 Team
  • recipient: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
The Monarch Butterfly has been in decline for decades. Now the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - the leading scientific authority on monitoring the population status of every species - has confirmed many conservationists' worst fears. The IUCN has officially classified the beloved pollinator as endangered.

The U.S. government must act quickly to list the Monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act to ensure they are adequately protected and saved!

Sign now to put pressure on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list Monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act!

Time and time again, evidence shows that if communities and governments work together to protect a species and their habitat, vulnerable animal populations can experience a rebound and recovery. In fact, this has partially happened once with Monarch butterflies already. In the mid- to late- 20th century, the Monarchs' winter habitat in Mexico was under threat. But the Mexican government stepped up and created a reserve to prevent habitat destruction in 1986, and expanded this program in 2000. These conservation efforts were essential in protecting the species' overwintering habitats.

But in recent years, other problems have emerged: American farmers are using copious amounts of Roundup, a weed killer that contains glyphosate and poisons the butterflies' main food source. Climate change is also worsening storms and droughts, which can decimate insect populations that are already vulnerable. And now that scientists know these risks pose direct threats to Monarch butterflies, we must list these winged creatures under the Endangered Species Act immediately. It's a crucial step to help us implement conservation strategies and prevent the orange-and-black butterflies' extinction!

We are in the middle of a mass extinction event of insects, and we must do everything in our power to prevent yet another essential, beloved butterfly species from going extinct. Sign the petition now to tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: list Monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act before it is too late!
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