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.


Thieves target rhino horn at Sworders’ sale

28 February 2011

A TAXIDERMY rhinoceros head mount has been stolen Sworders auction house in Stansted Mountfitchet in what police believe was a raid planned by professional thieves.

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Ban on rhino horn comes into force immediately

21 February 2011

THE ban on selling rhino horn trophies, scheduled for introduction over the next couple of months, has been brought into force with immediate effect.

EU set to outlaw mounted rhino horn sales

07 February 2011

THE European Commission is expected to act shortly to halt the sale of all Victorian and Edwardian mounted rhinoceros horn.

Rhinoceros horn: further changes to the UK law

25 October 2010

THE Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have issued further important guidelines regarding the sale of antique rhinoceros horn.

UK restricts rhino horn exports with immediate effect

20 September 2010

THE government are to refuse nearly all future applications for the export of old rhinoceros horn sold in the UK.

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Export ban expected for rhino trophies

23 August 2010

ATG has learnt that the government is seriously considering withdrawing export licences for much of the old rhinoceros horn sold in the UK.

Antique Rhino Horn: The Rules

23 August 2010

MOST antiques that include the “parts and derivatives” of endangered species enjoy an exemption from CITES controls known as the “worked item” derogation.

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Rhino horn debate steps up a gear

16 August 2010

A RESPECTED Asian art specialist has defended the sale of rhinoceros horn libation cups at auction.

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Libation cup brings £80,000 in Brigg

06 April 2010

THE demand for Chinese works of art goes on apace. In a week when all eyes and activity were centred on New York's Asian sale series, North Lincolnshire auctioneers Brown and Co of Brigg sold this carved rhinoceros horn libation cup for £80,000.

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How the Beagle left its own ‘fossilised’ remains…

10 August 2009

Scrimshaw, or carved bone and ivory, is very collectable, but the signature and scenes on this 7in (18cm) long whale’s tooth put it in a special league.

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Elephant lobby target Portobello Road

19 January 2009

A CHALK drawing of an ‘elephant graveyard’ appeared earlier this month at the entrance to the Portobello Road Market. The three-dimensional pavement art depicting an elephant carcass was the work of representatives for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), who in recent years have singled out the weekly antiques market in its campaign to curb the illegal trade in modern elephant ivory.

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Government rethink over illogical CITES rules

22 December 2008

Could it be that common sense has broken out in the interpretation of the complex laws regarding the sale of antique rhinoceros horns?

EBay ban ivory sales in US

27 October 2008

EBAY are to ban the sale of ivory products on its USA site from January.

Dealer found guilty of illegal ivory smuggling

30 June 2008

A Kent dealer has received a two-year suspended sentence following a three-year international operation into ivory and whale-tooth smuggling. The case is the latest under Operation Charm, an ongoing campaign against the illegal trade in endangered species in London.

eBay bans international ivory sales

11 June 2007

ONLINE auction giant eBay is banning cross-border sales of ivory on all their websites. The company announced that from the end of this month sellers will only be allowed to list ivory items for sale in their own country.

IFAW urge eBay to ban online ivory trade after investigation

29 May 2007

EBay’s global network is encouraging the illegal trade in elephant ivory says an investigative report from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

Rhino horn debate heats up as EU rules confuse

23 April 2007

RECENT sales of Rhino horn at provincial salerooms have brought into question the law that governs the trade in taxidermy and wildlife specimens.

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Cup runneth over for Chiswick Auction Rooms

25 July 2006

Underscoring a strength of demand for rhinoceros horn pieces seen in the recent specialist Asian sales, Chiswick Auctions achieved a house record on July 18 when this rhinoceros horn libation cup carved with carp feeding on a waterlily sold to a Taiwanese dealer at £46,000 (plus 15 per cent buyer’s premium). The 18th or possibly 17th century vessel was discovered by auctioneer William Rouse on the sideboard of a modest home in Hanwell, one of West London’s less fashionable suburbs.

BADA fight trade’s corner over ivory

23 March 2004

THE British Antique Dealers’ Association believe campaigners are wrong to call for only independent registered experts to be allowed to date ivory objects. The move would drive trade underground they say.

Ivory campaigners hit out at antiques trade

16 March 2004

CAMPAIGNERS against the illegal trade in ivory want to end the exisiting policy which allows any antique dealer to appraise the age of ivory in works of art.

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