San Francisco Ban on Commercially-Purchased Butterflies Proceeds

With all the work I've done in pulling San Francisco out of the sad legacy of the Xerces Blue ( the first butterfly to be removed from Planet Earth by humans...) , it hasn't helped that a strange, perverse relationship we still have with these creatures exists: butterflies being used for releases at weddings and events. This industry of farmed-raised butterflies exploded during the Dot-Com era and has become a multi-million dollar juggernaut.
Imagine going to a building opening and releasing...40 squirrels into the environment. A new playground for kids and we release...100 turtles!
Ridiculous notions but for some bizarre reason we use butterflies...as party favors. Their beauty has reduced them to...objects to be used as props at the human circus.
I ran into Jeffrey Glassberg, the President of the North American Butterfly Association at Saddlebag Lake this year during the Yosemite Butterfly Count. I told him I want San Francisco to be the first county in the nation to ban such a practice and to start to shut down this ridiculous fad. ( Just because you like chickadees, and you raise chickadees, doesn't give you the right to sell chickadees and release them. That ability was removed, thankfully, with the Migratory Species Act of 1914. It's time we do the same for butterflies.) He's thrilled that something he's written extensively on might actually come to fruition. Beautiful irony it would emanate from the land of Xerces.
Last night, the Commission for the Environment voted to support this resolution ( an ordinance I've been working with environmental lawyers on for over a year.) It has been adopted by the Dept. for the Environment and now we go courting a Supervisor to move it through City Hall. Ah, the Politics of Butterflies. KPIX News Piece:

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/9596445-ban-on-releasing-butterflies-up-for-debate-in-san-francisco/

The iNat photos I've chosen here are some of the nine species allowed by the Dept. of Agriculture ( cuz as pretty as they are, folks, they are considered pests on plants...) to be sold across state lines.

Anotado por robberfly robberfly, 04 de diciembre de 2013 a las 08:50 PM

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Vanesa Americana (Vanessa virginiensis)

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Septiembre 27, 2013 11:15 AM PDT

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Mariposa Pasionaria Motas Blancas (Dione vanillae)

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Noviembre 17, 2013 10:21 AM PST

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Cool to see how deep into this warm fall this species will go. Definitely "jungle weather" here in SF for this jungle bug.

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Vanesa Occidental (Vanessa annabella)

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Noviembre 23, 2013 11:53 AM PST

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Mariposa Almirante Rojo (Vanessa atalanta)

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Diciembre 1, 2013 02:15 PM PST

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Two hill topping at summit...

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Mariposa Monarca (Danaus plexippus)

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Diciembre 1, 2013 11:56 AM PST

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Survey of island for these. Camp Reynolds was where we saw three. First walkabout out here in years. Amber Hasselbring companion.

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Mariposa Ojo de Venado de California (Junonia grisea)

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Diciembre 1, 2013 01:55 PM PST

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They all were strangely small, more like first brood after winter...

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Vanesa Pintada (Vanessa cardui)

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Diciembre 1, 2013 11:26 AM PST

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Many and all very advanced...

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Interesting interview. Of course I totaly agree with you and thanks for sharing. I hope there will be support to ban this practice. Shared on FB.

Anotado por roberto_arreola hace mas de 8 años (Advertencia)

Thanks for sharing. In Mexico this is an increasing problem, per example I have biologist friends and acquaintances that grow and sell butterflies. It is important to spread the enormous risk for native and endemic biota that this represents. I hope your proposal be successful and can be replicated in all the States and help to create concientization in the rest of the world. I share your post on FB.

Anotado por erendiracanales hace mas de 8 años (Advertencia)

I'll be sharing too. Thank you for keeping us informed.

Anotado por microm hace mas de 8 años (Advertencia)

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