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.

ATG letter: Legal case over ivory ban is too late now

14 May 2018

MADAM – John Lewis’ letter (ATG No 2341) in which the chairman of the Public Monuments & Sculpture Association reveals he is seeking counsel’s opinion, in respect of a legal challenge to the proposed ivory trade ban, raises three key questions:

Stakeholders consider legal action on ivory

07 May 2018

Trade bodies whose members will be affected by the government’s plan for a near-total UK ban on the sale of ivory are seeking legal advice on challenging the proposals before they become law.


ATG letter: Why museum ivory fears are misguided

07 May 2018

MADAM – Michael Baggott’s recent letter about the potential adverse impact of the ivory sales ban on the display of ivory pieces by museums is, with respect, misguided.

ATG letter: Join us in ivory trade ban legal challenge

07 May 2018

MADAM – The Public Monuments & Sculpture Association shares many of the concerns which have been expressed in your letters pages since the last statements from Defra on the ivory issue.

ATG letter: Target the poachers instead

07 May 2018

MADAM – I have been dealing in Oriental antiques for almost 50 years and have been a supporter of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) for most of this time.


ATG letter: Please exempt ivory sewing tools from any ban

30 April 2018

MADAM – I am sending you a photo of some small sewing tools in carved ivory, made c.1840.

ATG letter: UK ivory trade ban will harm market world leader status

30 April 2018

MADAM – We are all devastated at what is being proposed by the government in relation to ivory.

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New York trade takes state’s ivory ban to court

23 April 2018

A New York law banning the sale of antique ivory has been challenged in court by two leading US antiques dealers associations.

ATG letter: We need class action on ivory

23 April 2018

MADAM – Thank you for printing my previous correspondence (ATG No 2337). If I thought that a ban on pre-1947 ivory would stop the death of 50 elephants I would stop writing.

ATG letter: No compensation after ivory ban comes into effect

23 April 2018

MADAM – The government’s ill-conceived attack on antique ivory will likely mean that two pieces in my home – a 19th century Cantonese puzzle-ball chess set and my wife’s Corpus Christi acquired shortly after our marriage 50 years ago – now have no value in probate.

ATG letter: Potential consequences of the ivory ban – for museums

23 April 2018

MADAM – Last year readers may recall a Victorian presentation ‘ivory tusk’ dinner gong was removed from display in one of the Royal Collection exhibitions.

ATG Letter: Collections 'are now worthless'

16 April 2018

MADAM – As a dealer (and collector) in antique needlework tools and other small collectables, I am dismayed and angered by the proposals for the ivory ban as outlined in detail in last week’s ATG.


ATG Letter: Seven reasons the ivory ban is ‘flawed and ill-conceived’

16 April 2018

MADAM – Having read the government (Defra) statement on the UK ivory ban (ATG No 2337), it is obvious that far from offering clarity, it is flawed on the following points:

ATG Letter: Send ATG to your local MP

16 April 2018

MADAM – I would suggest sending a copy of last week’s ATG guide to the ivory ban to every MP with an appropriate covering letter.


No rolling 100-year date for ivory ban

16 April 2018

BADA has clarified a key element of the government’s proposals for a near-complete ivory ban – the stipulation that all items qualifying for the ‘rarest and most important of its type’ and portrait miniature exemptions must be 100 years old.

ATG Letter: ‘Heading towards unworkable fudge’

16 April 2018

MADAM – I am alarmed at the government’s apparently poor understanding of how the trade works and its relationship with collectors and venerable institutions.


The ivory ban: the antique objects that could not be traded under the new law

09 April 2018

ATG selects objects with ivory – from teasets to Art Deco figures – recently sold at auction that may become illegal to sell under the law

ATG Letter: 'The ivory ban is about Michael Gove playing politics, not saving elephants'

09 April 2018

MADAM – I concur with everything that Michael Baggott wrote in ATG No 2235.

De minimis exemption becomes the new battleground in antique ivory sales ban

09 April 2018

The art and antiques trade is calling on the government to re-think its planned restrictions on the sale of antique items containing small amounts of elephant ivory.

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The ivory ban: ATG answers reader questions about the new law's implications for antique ivory

09 April 2018

Roland Arkell and Noelle McElhatton on what the new ivory law could mean for art and antiques.