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.

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?

ATG letter: Ivory solution is simple one

20 August 2018

MADAM – Peter Cameron writes in ATG No 2353 that only 691 people have signed the ivory petition [now at 1688 as we go to press], that a response from the government requires 10,000 signatures, and that 100,000 are needed to raise a parliamentary debate.


BADA dealers publish open letter in Antiques Trade Gazette to urge sign-ups to ivory ban petition

13 August 2018

Dealers Alastair Gibson and Laura Bordignon have taken an advertisement in this week’s Antiques Trade Gazette calling on the trade to petition the government to widen the ‘de minimus’ exemption for antique ivory objects in a forthcoming law that will restrict their trade.


ATG letter: On ivory we need a little high-level diplomacy

13 August 2018

MADAM – Six hundred and ninety-one people is actually a fairly decent response from a trade in which there are only a handful of interested parties (Letters, ATG No 2353).

ATG letter: CITES on the ground

13 August 2018

MADAM – I thought your readers might be interested in having a greater understanding of the importance that CITES plays in protecting wildlife and fauna.

ATG letter: Ivory – call for more petitioners

06 August 2018

MADAM – My congratulations to Anthony Bernbaum and to Lewis Baer for their excellent letters: Mr Bernbaum’s account of why he left Online Galleries and Mr Baer advocating the creation of a global trade body for the art and antiques sector (ATG No 2352).

ATG letter: Handy tip on ivory petition

23 July 2018

MADAM – ATG readers may know about the online petition created by dealer Alastair Gibson to raise the ivory ‘de minimis’ in the government’s ivory ban (Freya Simms, chief executive of LAPADA, writes). We have just written to our members, in case they wish to support this, to pass on a tip about filling in the online form. I am passing on this information to ATG readers also.


Ivory: Lords speak out against ‘kafkaesque’ registration rules

23 July 2018

The so-called de minimis rule – the requirement to register items containing less than 10% of ivory prior to sale – has been criticised in the House of Lords as the ivory bill continues its progress through parliament.

Houses of Parliament

Ivory bill's "kafkaesque process of registration" criticised in House of Lords

18 July 2018

Members of the House of Lords have called for amendments to the bill to ban the trade in objects made of or containing ivory.


Lords to table ivory bill amendments

09 July 2018

The House of Lords plans to recommend amendments to the ivory bill in the hope that it will be “less damaging” to the art and antiques trade.


Ivory ban ‘is a purely opportunistic move’

09 July 2018

MADAM – I write in support of the views expressed in BADA chairman Michael Cohen’s letter (ATG No 2349), written in response to another letter supporting the ban (ATG No 2348).

Alastair Gibson

Dealer launches petition to demand change to government ivory trade ban bill

05 July 2018

Asian art dealer Alastair Gibson has launched a petition to lobby parliament to change an amendment contained in the ivory bill.


Government to consult on extending ivory ban to more species

04 July 2018

The near-total ivory ban is expected to be extended to cover other ivory bearing species such as hippos, walruses and narwhals after the government announced it will hold a consultation.

Michael Cohen

On the battle for antique ivory: an appeal from BADA’s chairman

02 July 2018

BADA and other trade bodies have raised half the money needed for a judicial review of the ivory ban. Here, BADA’s chairman Michael Cohen argues the battle is not lost and why dealers should continue to support, financially and otherwise, the trade bodies’ efforts.


Netsuke conference pulls out of London over ivory law change

02 July 2018

The government’s imminent ivory law change has forced an international collectors’ conference to pull out of London and move overseas.


ATG letter: Clarity needed over museum's ivory stance

02 July 2018

MADAM – News that the British Museum is to accept the donation of more than 500 Chinese ivory figures from the Sir Victor Sassoon collection, mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries, is to be welcomed… to a degree!

ATG letter: countering the simplistic view about the banning of ivory

02 July 2018

MADAM – I am writing to counter the simplistic view espoused by Niall Milligan concerning the banning of ivory (Letters, ATG No 2348).


Counsel says wait for ivory challenge

02 July 2018

Trade bodies seeking to legally challenge the government’s plan for a near-total UK ban on the sale of ivory have been told they must wait until the bill receives Royal Assent.

Ivory plaque

British Museum accepts 550-piece collection of ivory works of art ahead of UK trade ban

28 June 2018

A vast collection of ivories from The Sir Victor Sassoon Chinese Ivories Trust will be going on display at the British Museum after it acquired the collection earlier this year.