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Anonymous
06-17-2004, 03:35 PM
From: Nick Otting, ottingn@efn.org
Date: 12/06/01
Time: 11:53 AM


In a new fad, live butterflies are being shipped across the country for release at festive events. The butterflies, raised by commercial interests, are often released outside their native ranges where they have little chance for survival. The butterflies may have unwelcome impacts on local plants and may spread disease and parasites to wild insect populations. Recently proposed USDA rules would regulate interstate shipment and release of butterflies. An association representing the commercial butterfly breeders has launched a vigorous public relations campaign against the proposed regulations.

Please take a few minutes to write and e-mail supporting the proposed regulations. To see the regulations, click on: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=fr09oc01-21. Also, see http://www.naba.org/weddings.html for an incisive argument against butterfly release. The article is written by Jeffrey Glassberg (president of the North American Butterfly Association); Paul Opler (author of Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Butterflies); Robert M. Pyle (author of Audubon Society Field Guide to Butterflies); Robert Robbins (curator of Lepidoptera, Smithsonian Institution) and James Tuttle (president, Lepidopterists' Society).

The deadline for public comment is December 10. E-mail your comment to the USDA at: regulations@aphis.usda.gov. Please include your name and address in your message and "Docket No. 95-095-2" on the subject line.

Thank you, Nick Otting Emerald Chapter Native Plant Society of Oregon