Butterfly "Releases" are NOT compassionate
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
May 2014


Monarch butterfly releasesOn Sunday, May 18, the Antelope Valley Chapter of The Compassionate Friends reportedly plans to release dozens of butterflies in commemoration of lost loved ones. Let them know that butterfly releases are anything but compassionate. Please join us in urging the organization to cancel this butterfly release. And spread this alert far and wide!

Jennifer Petty
Antelope Valley Chapter of The Compassionate Friends
(661) 839-2849
[email protected]  


Shipped in boxes or envelopes, often over long distances, butterflies can be crushed or die from exposure during transit. But their ordeal begins much earlier, when they're ripped from the wild or bred on farms where they're deprived of any semblance of a natural existence. Upon release, many survivors struggle to take flight or simply drop to the ground. And butterfly releases are often falsely touted as a conservation measure, when in reality, these non-native animals can spread disease to local insect populations as well as to local vegetation during pollination and soon die themselves in unsuitable or unfamiliar environments.

PETA appealed to the Antelope Valley Chapter of The Compassionate Friends' sense of prudence and compassion but to no avail. We need your voice now!

From their website, The Compassionate Friends:

The mission of The Compassionate Friends: When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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