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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Rules Britannia: a guide through the myriad of CITES regulations

01 March 2021

Brexit, CITES, new ivory act on the way… it can be hard for the UK art and antiques trade to keep up with the many regulations. However, the good news is that much of CITES has not changed fundamentally, as this update from expert Kim McDonald of The Taxidermy Law Company reveals

ATG letter: Sculpture association's EU ivory trade ban concerns

01 March 2021

MADAM – We are concerned about the imminent imposition of restrictions to limit the trade of ivory works of art within the European Union (front page, ATG No 2480).

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EU proposes ban on import and export of antique ivory

15 February 2021

New proposals by the European Commission to prevent the commercial export and import of most antiques containing ivory have been described by The British Antique Dealers Association (BADA) as “hugely damaging and disproportionate”.

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ATG letter: Cleopatra underlines Ivory Act inadequacy

11 January 2021

MADAM – Your report on the export licence stop placed on the ivory and bronze Triqueti figure of Cleopatra indirectly highlights the tragically arbitrary nature of the Ivory Act (News Digest, ATG No 2474).

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Consultation will be final step before Ivory Act is law

14 September 2020

A government consultation on the minutiae of elements of the Ivory Act is required prior to the implementing of the new law.

ATG letter: Who decides on ivory merit now?

31 August 2020

MADAM – The imminent Ivory Act is, not to put too fine a point on it, an ill-considered waste of space, introduced by the ill-advised misguided.

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Ivory Act: no more challenges to new law says Supreme Court

17 August 2020

The Ivory Act 2018 is now expected to come into effect this year after dealers and collectors of antique ivory were refused a final appeal.

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Art Deco sculpture takes a final dance as the near-total trading ban looms over antique ivory

15 June 2020

As the implementation of the Ivory Act 2018 draws closer, it is approaching closing time at the last-chance saloon for UK owners who wish to monetise Art Deco chryselephantine sculpture.

Supreme Court the final option in Ivory Act case

25 May 2020

Dealers and collectors of antique ivory will seek to take their case to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal rejected their latest challenge to the Ivory Act 2018.

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Appeal to stop Ivory Act dismissed in latest court action

18 May 2020

Court of Appeal judges have dismissed the latest attempt to stop the Ivory Act.

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Lawyer for dealers in Ivory Act appeal: ‘prepare to sell your antique ivory’

27 February 2020

A lawyer acting for dealers and collectors bidding to have the Ivory Act 2018 overturned warned antique ivory owners they need to “prepare to sell quickly” if judges reject the legal challenge.

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Ivory appeal will be streamed live on YouTube

21 February 2020

The final attempt by dealers and collectors to block the Ivory Act, taking place in the Court of Appeal early next week, will be live streamed on YouTube.

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Ivory Act: court date set 'earlier than expected' for final legal challenge by dealers and collectors

31 January 2020

The battle by dealers and collectors to overturn the Ivory Act will enter its final phase on February 24 and 25 at the Court of Appeal.

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2020 vision

23 December 2019

For better or worse, Brexit is finally set to proceed and will be a major factor in the year ahead – as will timed auctions, anti-money laundering rules, the looming prospect of a near-total ivory trade ban, antiquities challenges and a new buying ethos based on cultural sensitivities, changes at major fairs and a growing ‘green’ movement.

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News in brief

23 December 2019

Sotheby’s has undergone a restructure following the purchase of the auction house by telecoms businessman Patrick Drahi earlier this year.

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Tory election victory ‘won’t make any difference’ to outcome of ivory ban appeal, lawyer says

17 December 2019

A lawyer acting for a group challenging the Ivory Act has said the Conservatives’ win of a House of Commons majority in last week’s general election will have no bearing on the outcome of a Court of Appeal hearing in the New Year.

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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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