Description: Action to compel response to petition to list monarch butterfly as a threatened species.
Center for Food Safety v. Jewell
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 03/10/2016 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Groups Asked Arizona Federal Court to Force Decision on Listing Monarch Butterfly as Threatened. The Center for Food Safety and the Center for Biological Diversity filed an action in the federal district court for the District of Arizona to compel action on a 2014 petition asking FWS to list the monarch butterfly as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The plaintiffs cited a number of threats to the butterfly, including global climate change. The plaintiffs alleged that FWS and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior had failed to comply with nondiscretionary deadlines for responding to petitions under the ESA.