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Don't Release Commercially Raised Butterflies Into the Environment

 

Releasing butterflies at weddings and other events is a recent fad that has the potential for causing environmental problems. The North American Butterfly Association is urging that this practice be stopped.

Releasing commercially raised butterflies into the environment can spread diseases to native populations, confuse migratory instincts and thwart scientists efforts to track butterfly numbers and movements. In addition, many of the butterflies die during shipment. Those still alive soon die because they may be released at inappropriate times or locations. Help spread the word to stop this unfortunate fad.

To contact the North American Butterfly Association call (973) 285-0907 or visit their web site.

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