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Artists, Scientists Urge Americas to Save the Monarchs

Agence France-Presse
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June 18, 2016
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Some 200 intellectuals, scientists and artists from around the world have urged the leaders of Mexico, the United States and Canada to save North America's endangered migratory Monarch butterfly.

US novelist Paul Auster, environmental activist Robert F Kennedy Jr, Canadian poet Margaret Atwood, British writer Ali Smith and India's women's and children's minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi were among the signatories of an open letter to the three leaders.

US President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will hold a North American summit in Ottawa on June 29.

The letter by the so-called Group of 100 calls on the three leaders to "take swift and energetic actions to preserve the Monarch's migratory phenomenon" when they meet this month.

They urge the leaders to protect parcels of land containing milkweed, which is threatened by herbicides and feeds the butterflies on their 4,000-kilometre (2,500-mile) journey from Canada to Mexico's wintering grounds.

The letter also called on Mexico to prohibit mining and end all logging in the pine tree reserve where the butterflies live during the winter.

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