“Spaw” Treaty Is The Key To Saving Caribbean Wildlife

The Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Treaty was conceived in

order to protect the Carribean’s multitudes of highly endangered animals

(including sea turtles, whales, dolphins, manatees, bald eagles and

parrots) from being taken or killed for commercial trade. While the U.S.

government negotiated and signed the treaty in 1990, the U.S. Senate must

now ratify the agreement in order to officially participate in the

upcoming first Conference of Parties in September. If the Senate does not

ratify the treaty before the deadline, the U.S. will be excluded from the

Conference of Parties, and there will be no strong conservation voice at

the meeting. The absence of U.S. input would greatly compromise the

effectiveness of the SPAW Treaty.


The SPAW treaty is awaiting action in the Senate Foreign Relations

Committee, where it needs to be passed before it can go before the full

Senate for a vote. Contact both of your United States Senators and ask

them to urge Senator Jesse Helms, the Chair of the Senate Foreign

Relations Committee, to allow his committee to immediately consider of the


The Honorable (full name),

United States Senate,

Washington, DC 20510

ph: 202-224-3121 (Senate switchboard).

If you need help locating

your Senators’ names, see http://thomas.loc.gov

or call us at


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