Federal Law Updates, Information and Links On The Sale Of Ivory

elephant ivoryIvory is still a hot button topic, however, we have a a link that brings a wealth of information to those trying to grasp what is happening with the sale of ivory. This link is to a federal site. Click Here. It is important to note that checking on your state law is also important. The law as pertains to antique dealers states African elephant ivory that a seller can demonstrate that was lawfully imported prior to January 18, 1990- the date that the African elephant was listed in CITES Appendix I and ivory imported under a CITES pre-Convention certificate can be sold within the United States (across state lines and within a state). Asian elephant ivory sold in interstate commerce within the United States must meet the strict criteria of the ESA antiques exception. This information can be found at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service International Affairs.

Every state has different laws. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey signed a law into effect August, 2014 banning the sale and importation of ivory for his state.

The LA Times on January 13, 2015 published an article written by Julie Cart about the dramatic increase in the sale of illegal ivory in California (this is mostly new ivory harvested illegally, not antique). Click here for a link to this article.

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