US Considers Protections For Famed North American Insect

January 5, 2015 2:12 PM

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US Considers Protections For Famed North American Insect

The monarch butterfly has caught the attention of the U.S. federal government, which will consider whether the insect should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. Doing so would mean the butterfly would receive special safeguards under U.S. law, including prohibiting it from being traded or sold. It would also protect key monarch habitats, something scientists have said is crucial to ensuring the butterfly’s survival.

“The Endangered Species Act is the most powerful tool available to save America’s monarchs, so I’m really happy these amazing butterflies are a step closer to the protection they so desperately need,” Tierra Curry, a senior scientist at the Arizona-based nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity, to...

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