City officials in San Francisco are choosing to ignore issues related to crime and poverty and making the banning of butterflies their top concern. The Board of Supervisors is looking to ban the release of butterflies in public events such as weddings and funerals and have already drafted a measure pertaining to this. If it’s approved, it will officially go into law next year.
Butterflies would be only the latest crazy item that San Francisco banned from its city; in recent years, ammo, plastic bags, declawing a cat, toys in Happy Meals and Styrofoam food containers have also been forbidden in city limits. However, the city has continued to allow far more controversial things like topless women in public settings.
“They are not creatures to be owned. They are not party favors for the human circus,” said self-proclaimed urban ledidopterist Liam O’Brien. However, even butterfly advocacy organizations within San Francisco are not on board with the ban. Dale McClung, president of the International Butterfly Breeders Association, said releasing butterflies is actually beneficial to the environment and their growth as a whole. He said that “If they disallow reintroduction, they will actually be injuring the butterfly population.”
Department of the Environment spokesman Guillermo Rodriguez has even admitted that releasing butterflies is hardly commonplace in San Francisco, but he still intends to spend taxpayer dollars in creating the ban and enforcing. A hearing for when a verdict will be ruled on the proposed ban has not been announced as of yet.