Target: Assistant Director for International Affairs, Bryan Arroyo
Goal: Stop illegal logging in monarch butterfly habitat.
Deforestation in Mexico is wiping out the monarch butterfly. Experts have announced that illegal logging activity will soon cause the species to become extinct. Studies have identified monarch butterflies to only exist in 1.65 acres west of Mexico City, which is 1.28 less acres than last year. The existence of the species is at stake.
Not only does deforestation threaten this butterfly, the U.S. also contributes to its decline by spreading GMO (genetically modified organism) herbicide-resistant in corn and soybean crops. The usage of these chemicals leads to the decline of milkweed, which is the butterfly’s main source of food. Activist are discovering that the depletion of milkweed, unusually heavy rains, and droughts are also adding to the issue. For the butterflies that survive U.S. summers, they head south for winter toward Mexico where illegal logging introduces another obstacle.
The importance of the monarch butterfly can be traced back to the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which established the protection of migratory species in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The signing of the document made way for the monarch to become the adopted symbol of trilateral cooperation. Mexico has initiated protection of the logging reserves, but illegal logging still perseveres.
By signing this petition, you are urging the Assistant Director of International Affairs to step in and utilize the power of all three countries to stop this problem in Mexico. We must act now and demand that illegal logging stop in Mexico to save the monarch butterfly.
Dear Mr. Arroyo,
The monarch butterfly species is in danger of becoming extinct due to illegal logging in Mexican preservation sites. Deforestation is destroying their habitats and the spread of U.S. GMO herbicides is destroying their main food source. The decrease in the monarch butterfly population is creating panic for tourists and farmers of Mexico.
The announcement of the 20th anniversary of the NAFTA raised the issue of the survival of the monarch butterfly species. Let me remind you that the monarch butterfly serves as a symbol of the three countries that signed the NAFTA. These three countries need to work together to help protect the monarch butterfly species, especially the species’ habitat in Mexico.
I urge you to do everything in your power to stop illegal deforestation in monarch butterfly habitat in Mexico so that the symbolic monarch butterfly can continue to act as a vital component in our ecosystems.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Thomas Bresson