Texas butterfly centre targeted by far-right conspiracies closes over security concerns
A Texas butterfly conservation centre is shutting its doors indefinitely after becoming the focal point of baseless right-wing smears and conspiracy theories about the U.S.-Mexico border.
Staff at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, say they have faced harassment, threats and one alleged assault since they tried to stop the former U.S. president Donald Trump administration from using its land to build part of its border wall.
"It's awful, it's unexpected and terribly inconvenient," Marianna Treviño-Wright, the centre's executive director, told As It Happens host Carol Off.
"Our mission is lost. Our mission is environmental education and conservation."