27 May '11, 7pm

Puerto Rican Butterfly Denied Endangered Species Protection

For Immediate Release, May 27, 2011 Contact: Javier Biaggi-Caballero, Petitioner, (787) 371-1709, [email protected] Jaclyn Lopez, Center for Biological Diversity, (415) 436-9682 x. 305, [email protected] Puerto Rican Butterfly Denied Endangered Species Protection Obama Administration Continues to Embrace Policy of Delay SAN FRANCISCO— The Obama administration today denied another endangered species, the Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly, vital protection under the Endangered Species Act. Instead of receiving federal safeguards, the butterfly was placed on the growing list of “candidate” species, where it will languish without protections even though habitat loss, large-scale residential and tourism development, and agricultural practices threaten this diminutive species with extinction. “Unfortunately, this decision means that development will continue u...

Full article: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/20...

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