Preservation of Endangered Monarch Butterflies is Delayed by the Trump Administration.

Peyton Feldman, Writer

Peyton Feldman 

Mrs. Seltzer 

12/16/2020 

Period 4 

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Farming herbicides, climate change, habitat loss, urban development, and the destruction of milkweed plants since the past three decades has led to an exponential decrease in the population of the well-known Monarch Butterfly. Back in 2014 the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service was asked to protect the butterflies, the judgement on whether the species will be placed under the Endangered Species Act would arrive this Tuesday. President Donald Trump’s administration mentioned the monarchs will have to wait behind 161 animal and plant species that are higher priority delaying listing the black and orange pollinators. According to Reuters “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it expects to list these winged pollinators for protection under the landmark conservation law in fiscal 2024, which begins on Oct. 1, 2023”.  

The eastern monarch population dove 84% between 1994-2016 and over a similar time period the western monarch population sank 97%. A total of 47 Monarch species have gone extinct and for some if not most people this was the last straw. Environmental groups and organizations gave backlash to the decision of the administration saying that they ranked the agriculture industry’s herbicide users before the monarchs. Center for Food Safety’s Legal Director George Kimbrell issued a statement saying, The Trump administration would not grant listing outright and dare crossing Monsanto/Bayer and that “Protection for Monarchs is needed—and warranted—now,”. 

Sources 

U.S. says monarch butterflies deserve protection, but must wait in line | Reuters 

Trump administration delays protection for monarch butterfly (msn.com) 

UPDATE: MAJOR VICTORY ON MONARCHS PROTECTION | Monarch Butterflies Put on Candidate Waiting List for Endangered Species Act Prot (centerforfoodsafety.org)