Success: U.S. Government Pledges $3.2 Million to Save Monarch Butterflies


Target: Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dan Ashe

Goal: Applaud federal funding meant to save the monarch butterfly.

The U.S. government has committed $3.2 million to planting milkweed and other activities to save the monarch butterfly after animal activists clamored for the federal government to list it as an endangered species. The monarch butterfly has been in sharp decline in the past 20 years thanks to the destruction of their habitat and the use of pesticide. These creatures are necessary for the pollination of various plants and provide food to predators.

Milkweed is an important source of food for the larvae of monarch butterflies. Unfortunately, these plants have been removed by farmers all over the country in place of crops that will sustain the human population. It has removed both the weed and flowers from the landscape, thereby starving the monarch butterfly. Thanks to efforts from conservationists and signers of petitions like ForceChange’s Plant Flowers and Milkweed to Save Monarch Butterfly, the Fish and Wildlife Service stated that it would devote its efforts towards planting milkweed in various areas so the species will not starve.

The organization also stated that $2 million would be spent on conservation efforts and that they would work with other animal welfare groups to restore the monarch butterfly population. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation would try to match the same amount of money in the coming months, and the National Wildlife Foundation has pledged to help the species.

Monarch butterflies, just like bees and hummingbirds, are crucial for the survival of plants. If these creatures disappear from the planet, it would have catastrophic consequences. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should be congratulated for responding to the concerns of our planet and citizens, and you can express your gratitude by signing this petition.


Dear Director Dan Ashe,

I am grateful that your organization has responded so quickly to the concerns of many American citizens. The monarch butterfly is an iconic figure of the Midwest, and many citizens are worried that this species will disappear from the planet. As you know, these creatures are crucial to the ecosystem of not just the United States, but to Canada and Mexico. It warms my heart to know that not just the United States will be working towards saving these insects, but Mexico as well.

I am writing this letter to express my gratitude. The health of our environment and animals are often ignored for the sake of the economy, but I am glad that the United States is acknowledging the dangers of losing a species. I hope conservation efforts will help the monarch butterfly population rebound in the coming years, and I wish your organization the best of luck.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Tony Hisgett via Wikimedia Commons

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