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.


Men jailed over rhino head theft

17 September 2012

Two men have been jailed for a string of burglaries across the South East which included taking a rhino head from Haslemere Museum in Surrey.

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Rhino horn sales under the new rules – what is the effect?

26 March 2012

THE new ‘emergency guidance’ banning the export of worked rhinoceros horn appeared to have a limited effect at the first sale since it was introduced without notice on March 12.

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The robber, the rhino horn and the pottery Great Dane

26 March 2012

A RUGBY-tackling mystery hero and a life-size pottery Great Dane helped scupper a daylight smash-and-grab raid targeting a rhino horn libation cup.

Rhino horn restrictions to include all ‘worked’ items

19 March 2012

RESTRICTIONS surrounding the export of rhino horn from countries within the European Union have been further tightened to include all items, whether or not they have been ‘worked’.

Yet more Rhino horn thefts

25 July 2011

THEFTS of old rhino horn trophies, wanted for their value in Chinese medicine, are continuing.

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Thieves target museum for rhino head

06 June 2011

A THEFT of a rhino head from a museum in Surrey is thought to have been motivated by the hugely valuable trade in rhino horn.

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.

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