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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Tighten rules on trade in rhino horn says antiques dealer group BADA

08 October 2018

Dealer body BADA have called for a tougher stance in the run-up to wildlife conference.

ATG letter: The government's lack of compensation for owners of ivory after the ban is ‘not fair’

08 October 2018

MADAM – I reply to the letter from Louise Ravula and Jane Alexandra (ATG No 2359) on a number of points they made about the antiques industry's attitude to the forthcoming ivory ban.

Ivory ban law not expected until spring 2019

08 October 2018

Collectors and sellers of antique ivory are being told that the ivory ban is unlikely to become law before spring 2019, a longer lead-time than originally thought.

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ATG letter: ‘Politicians are ignoring the facts on ivory’

01 October 2018

MADAM – It was unfair and misleading of Louise Ravula and Jane Alexandra, of Two Million Tusks, to identify the Alastair Gibson petition as “pro-ivory trade”.

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ATG letter: When is the ivory trade ban due to come into force in the UK?

01 October 2018

MADAM – Could you please update us on the forthcoming ivory ban: if passed, does it become law that day or will the new rules apply later? Richard Gardiner, Chichester.

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Martin Levy: "Desire to save the elephant and preserving ivory art works not mutually exclusive"

24 September 2018

MADAM – The views expressed by your correspondents Louise Ravula and Jane Alexandra (ATG No 2359) cannot be allowed to stand unchallenged.

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House of Lords rejects ivory bill changes as legislation moves to next stage

17 September 2018

No amendments were accepted on behalf of the trade during the latest House of Lords debate on the bill.

ATG letter: If the trade cares about elephants, it must support this ban

17 September 2018

MADAM – As representatives of Two Million Tusks, we are writing to express our profound disappointment at ATG’s promotion of Alastair Gibson’s pro-ivory trade petition [Editor writes: petition is to increase the proposed de minimis exemption for antique ivory from 10% to 50%].

Parliament

House of Lords: Ivory bill is a “stringent and draconian ban”

14 September 2018

A House of Lords debate heard from a handful of members of the upper house who opposed elements of the ivory bill and deemed it “ill-conceived”, “stringent”, “draconian” and creates “massive and unnecessary bureaucracy”.

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Ivory bill moves forward without changes following House of Lords debate

11 September 2018

Amendments to the government’s ivory bill, which proposes a near-total ban on the trade in ivory, have not been included following a House of Lords debate.

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House of Lords proposes amendments to ivory bill ahead of parliamentary debate

10 September 2018

A group of members of the House of Lords have requested changes to the wording of the ivory bill ahead of a debate in the upper house, due to begin this afternoon.

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Ivory regulation will be balanced, says Ellis

10 September 2018

The UK government will ensure that ivory regulations are balanced and with “appropriate exemptions”, the new minister for arts, heritage and tourism told the Art Business Conference last week.

ATG letter: We should support ivory petition, not dismiss it

10 September 2018

MADAM – I read the letter from Gavin Littaur (ATG No 2355, August 25) and the letter of the previous edition from Nick Silver (ATG no 2354, August 18) with more than a little puzzlement.

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ATG letter: Chippendale ivory removal is ‘unforgivable’ – furniture dealer Martin Levy

03 September 2018

MADAM – Your news story (‘Ivory removed from Chippendale before sale’, ATG No 2356) draws attention to the deliberate and unforgivable removal of original ivory elements from an important commode by Thomas Chippendale, England’s most famous cabinet maker.

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ATG’s Chippendale news story: media reaction

03 September 2018

Our story last week revealed that ivory elements of an important piece of Chippendale furniture, the Rowland Winn commode made c.1766, were removed for its appearance at a Christie’s auction earlier this year, the commode having been imported from the US.

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Ivory removed from Chippendale commode before Christie's sale

27 August 2018

Ivory elements of an important piece of Chippendale furniture were removed prior to its appearance at auction earlier this year, ATG has learned.

ATG letter: Petition - House of Lords may see sense

27 August 2018

MADAM – ATG letter correspondents Peter Cameron and Gavin Littaur (ATG Nos 2353, 2355) have hit the nail on the head in many ways.

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Items with ivory already threatened

27 August 2018

MADAM – In his letter (ATG No 2355) Michael Baggott references the possibility that, following changes in the law, antiques could be mutilated because of their ivory content.

Michael Baggott: record the ivory ban

20 August 2018

Silver dealer Michael Baggott is appealing to the trade to help in the documentation of antique ivory objects after the proposed legislation becomes law.

ATG letter: We must record the ivory items at risk

20 August 2018

MADAM – A friend in the trade asked me over a year ago, ‘what will you do if antiques containing ivory are made illegal?’. Since then I’ve given it serious thought. What can any of us do?

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