Save the Monarchs

Monarch butterfly

The Monarch butterfly is an iconic species that migrates up to 3,000 miles from Canada to Mexico, traversing the middle of the U.S. each year. But Monarch populations have declined 90 percent since the 1990s, and could go extinct in the next few years if action isn’t taken.

Although illegal deforestation and severe weather have contributed to their decline, research suggests that the wide-spread use of herbicides that destroy milkweed - the main food source for Monarchs - is overwhelmingly responsible. That pesticide is made by the Monsanto corporation, a global chemical company with sales of $15 billion.

Fortunately, the Fish and Wildlife Service has opened a docket to consider listing the Monarch as an Endangered Species. This could give Monarchs, and milkweed, the protections they need to survive. But we have less than 60 days to respond or millions of Monarchs could die on their next migration.

Subject: Docket ID: FWS-R3-ES-2014-0056 Petition to List the Monarch Butterfly as a Threatened Species

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