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.


Thérèse Coffey

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.

Rhino

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.

US courthouse

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.

Guy Schooling

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.

Parliament

ATG letter: Feeling fobbed off by ivory ban response

18 February 2019

MADAM – As a long-term collector of antiques, as well as a student of the auction scene and an active participant in the ongoing debate on the ivory ban, I thought that it might be helpful to bring readers up-to-date in respect of approaches I have made in recent months to Defra’s Ivory Policy Team.

Survey launched to gauge impact of ivory ban

04 February 2019

Industry trade bodies have launched a survey that will attempt to measure the financial impact of the Ivory Act (2018) which comes into force later this year. Collectors, dealers and auctioneers of antique ivory are being encouraged to take part.

Parliament

Industry bodies urge collectors and trade to take part in survey on economic impact of Ivory Act

29 January 2019

Industry trade bodies are today launching a survey that will attempt to measure the financial impact of the Ivory Act (2018) which comes into force later this year. Collectors, dealers and auctioneers of antique ivory are being encouraged to take part.

BADA: No deal Brexit means Eurostar ban on CITES export

28 January 2019

MADAM – I refer to your Brexit article (‘No deal warning for CITES-listed items’, ATG No 2376).

UK parliament

Defra issues import and export warning for CITES-listed natural history specimens in the event of a No deal Brexit

17 January 2019

CITES-listed natural history specimens will no longer be able to pass through Dover or the Eurotunnel in the event of a No deal Brexit, the government has warned.

Natural history specimens: Article 10 numbers now essential in catalogue descriptions

14 January 2019

New rules are now in force regarding the sale of those natural history specimens that require Article 10 certificates.

Parliament

Trade associations to mount survey on financial impact of ivory ban

14 January 2019

Art market trade bodies are commissioning a survey to assess the potential financial impact on buyers, sellers and collectors of antique ivory of a law that will usher in a near-total ban on the UK ivory trade.

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Keeping up to date with CITES: An update from expert Kim McDonald of The Taxidermy Law Company

14 January 2019

The laws surrounding antiques made with the parts of endangered species are subject to frequent change. Kim McDonald of The Taxidermy Law Company provides a refresher guide...

ATG letter: Listen to Mr Spock to decide on ivory trade

07 January 2019

MADAM – F Segolini makes some interesting and valid points about the failure of alcohol prohibition in the US (Letters, ATG No 2373).

ATG letter: Just like Prohibition, ivory ban will not work

21 December 2018

MADAM – Re: ivory ban. I would very much like to add my tuppence worth to this ongoing issue.

Parliament

Ivory bill receives Royal Assent from Queen to become the Ivory Act 2018

20 December 2018

The Queen has formally agreed to make the ivory bill, which proposes a near-total ban on the trade in ivory, into an Act of Parliament.

Thérèse Coffey, minister at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UK government’s ivory bill passes final stages in Parliament on way to becoming law

12 December 2018

The ivory bill, which proposes a near-total ban on the trade in ivory, has passed its final stage in the House of Commons and is awaiting Royal Assent before it can become law next year.

Nevinson

News In Brief – including the sale of a Nevinson study

03 December 2018

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days including the sale of a CRW Nevinson study.

Rhino

Sotheby’s and Bonhams stop selling rhino horn at auction in Hong Kong after wildlife group pressure

26 November 2018

Sotheby’s is the latest auction house to pull the sale of rhinocerous horn artefacts from its auction.

ATG letter: The piece initiative on ivory

19 November 2018

MADAM – Further to the distortion of ivory figures by separate piano keys (News, ATG No 2364): surely they are further distorted by the 32 pieces in a chess set, 144 pieces in a Mahjong set, or indeed the 23 balls in an antique snooker set.

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