Resolution on Trade in Endangered Species

WHEREAS, there are some 310 species or subspecies of mammals listed in the IUCN Red Data Book that are threatened with extinction throughout their world range; and

WHEREAS, these species form components of our fragile ecosystems abused by man but important to his existence; and

WHEREAS, a Plenipotentiary Conference of 80 nations held in Washington, D. C., in March of 1973 agreed to the text of a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora; and

WHEREAS, ten countries now have ratified the Convention, as required for its entry into force, which will be July 1975; and

WHEREAS, the American Society of Mammalogists has been a leader in the protection of endangered species;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Society of Mammalogists compliment those countries that have ratified the Convention and encourage the remaining countries to do so soon.