Landmark Victory for Endangered Butterflies!
We’re thrilled to share this major victory for endangered butterflies and other wild animals who reside at Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve in San Diego County! In Defense of Animals opposed a corrupt "land swap" that would have turned over precious habitat for Quino checkerspot butterflies to greedy developers during a contentious California Wildlife Conservation Board meeting on December 8. Our own Lisa Levinson spoke against the shady deal along with representatives from 50 environmental groups.
After hours of heated comments on both sides, the Board voted against the land swap and in favor of the butterflies. Now the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve in San Diego County will maintain its protected status. Other state reserves, like the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, will also stand a better chance of maintaining their protections. This historic land exchange rejection ensures the Board’s commitment to conservation.
During the meeting, Board member and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Chuck Bonham despicably pleaded with his colleagues to uphold the land swap and then recused himself from the actual vote. Fortunately, the Board acted with integrity and voted against converting vital endangered species habitat into a sprawling high-end housing development.
Why would California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Chuck Bonham try to sell out animals so desperately?
Thanks to coordinated efforts from multiple environmental groups, the heart of the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve will remain an essential habitat for Quino checkerspot butterflies, golden eagles, and other wild animals, while also providing landscape connectivity. Together, we can make a real difference for animals!
Contact us for help protecting wild animals in your community and sign our alert to stop bulldozing at Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. Please also support our ongoing work to protect wild animals and their habitats by donating today!