SOPTOM Nederland - internationale resolutie

To the authorities of the following countries;
Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Liban, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Italy, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Roumania, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kirghizistan, China.

The participants to the first International Congres on the genus Testudo are seriously concerned by current levels of traffic of tortoises. These animals, listed in CITES Appendices I and II, which has been ratified by your country, are gathered in great numbers and sold illegally to foreign tourists.
This collecting is a major threat to the equilibrium of natural tortoise populations in your country, and is seriously prejudicial to your natural heritage.Traffic in tortoises also represents a risk for animal health in other countries of the Mediterrenean region.
The participants urge you to take appropriate action to stop this exploitation which causes serious damage to your natural biodiversity and heritage, and also to stop the illegal exportation of such animals by tourists.