Endangered Species

Regulations for the trade in endangered species are controlled by the United Nations’ Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).

This covers items from ivory, rhino horn, tortoiseshell, taxidermy items and certain types of wood whether they comprise the whole or part of the object.


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Fundraising effort for appeal against ivory ban ramps up

21 November 2019

Dealers and collectors granted an appeal against a High Court ruling on the Ivory Act 2018 are redoubling their efforts to raise the necessary funds for legal fees.

Trade’s latest challenge to Ivory Act could delay the near-total ban until spring 2020

18 November 2019

Dealers and collectors have one final chance to overturn the Ivory Act 2018, after a judge granted them leave to appeal a High Court ruling upholding the new law.

ATG letter: Stop sitting on the fence and now back our ivory ban challenge

18 November 2019

MADAM – “The course of justice often prevents it” – Edward Counsel (1849-1939), Australian public servant and administrator

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Dealers and collectors make their final challenge to Ivory Act

13 November 2019

A High Court judge has granted dealers and collectors permission to take their Ivory Act 2018 challenge to the Court of Appeal, a move that could delay the law’s enforcement into spring next year.

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Appeal planned after High Court legal bid to stop Ivory Act fails

11 November 2019

A High Court judge has turned down an attempt by a group of dealers and collectors of antique ivory to stop the Ivory Act 2018 coming into force.

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Legal bid to stop Ivory Act fails – but dealers and collectors are considering an appeal

05 November 2019

A High Court challenge by dealers and collectors to a new UK law ushering in a near-total ban on the antique ivory has failed, but an appeal is possible.

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Ivory Act: expect result of court review next month

21 October 2019

Dealers and collectors who last week brought a judicial review of the Ivory Act 2018 must wait until November for judgment in the case.

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High Court ivory act case: 'no need to prove causal link between trade in antiques and modern ivory poaching'

17 October 2019

The government does not have to “show a causal connection” between the UK’s trade in antique ivory and the poaching of modern ivory, a barrister representing DEFRA said in court today.

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Art and antiques dealers take government to court over Ivory Act

16 October 2019

“No reputable dealer wants to see elephants dead” was among the opening remarks by the QC acting for a group of dealers and collectors challenging the Ivory Act 2018, at the High Court today.

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South London pair jailed after selling £145,000 worth of antique ivory to overseas buyers on eBay

27 September 2019

Two men from south London have been sentenced for selling antique ivory fans on eBay to buyers in China and the US. The items were illegally exported without the required export permits.

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Ivory nutcrackers could become a museum piece

16 September 2019

Entered by a vendor who hated them, a pair of 6in (15.5cm) long 19th century nutcrackers reflected in their way two different aspects of auctioneering today: how smaller country firms see their future and what will happen to antique ivory items when most of the trade in them is banned.

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Bid to list the extinct mammoth as a protected species withdrawn from CITES summit

02 September 2019

A proposal to class the long-extinct woolly mammoth as ‘endangered’ in order to regulate trade in its ivory was withdrawn at the global CITES summit, pending further research.

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Mammoth ivory should be regulated, global CITES convention hears  

22 August 2019

The mammoth, a trunked animal species that last roamed the Earth 4000 years ago, may soon be classed as ‘threatened’ in order to regulate trade in the extinct mammal’s ivory.

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US antiques dealer lawsuit against New York's ivory ban gets green light to proceed

15 August 2019

US antiques dealers have been granted permission by a court judge to go forward with a lawsuit challenging New York's complete ban on the trade of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn, regardless of age, within state lines.

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Dealers and collectors win High Court permission for judicial review of ivory ban law

15 July 2019

A High Court judge has given the go-ahead for a full hearing on the legality of the controversial Ivory Act, due to usher in a near-total ban on the UK trade in antique ivory when it comes into force later this year.

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Consultation on the trade in non-elephant ivory launched by government

30 May 2019

A consultation into the trade of non-elephant ivory has been launched to find out whether the government should take further action to restrict the trade in ivory.

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Lyon & Turnbull latest auction house to stop selling rhino horn

15 March 2019

Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull will no longer sell antique items made from rhino horn.

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Court claim challenging New York ivory laws reinstated in the US

12 March 2019

A US court claim challenging a 2014 New York law banning the sale of antique ivory by the Art and Antique Dealers League of America and the National Art and Antique Dealers Association of America has been reinstated due to amendments made to the case.

ATG letters: Ivory antiques ban ‘madness’

04 March 2019

MADAM – In so many respects, anyone reading or watching the news over the last 12 months could quite easily believe that the whole world has gone mad.

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VIEWPOINT: Sworders’ Guy Schooling: 'Why I filled in the trade bodies’ ivory survey’

26 February 2019

There is one week left to take part in an industry survey aimed at measuring the financial impact of the Ivory Act (2018), due to come into force later this year. We hear from one of those who has already responded.

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