DEFRA

DEFRA, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, was formed in June 2001, becoming the government department responsible for policy and regulations in England, while also working with devolved agencies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It covers areas such as environment and countryside protection, agriculture, animal health and welfare, hunting, national parks and sustainable rural communities. It is the UK government’s department responsible for overseeing CITES regulation in the UK.


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.

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Government strengthens law to protect treasure finds

01 February 2019

The government is proposing to strengthen the Treasure Act to include important finds that do not fit the current legal definition.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

House of Lords

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.

Parliament

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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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.

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.

Parliament

Ivory bill amendments head to committee stage in parliament

12 June 2018

The ivory bill will be discussed in detail by 19 MPs as it reaches committee stage in parliament today.

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MPs consider extending ivory ban to more species

11 June 2018

The bill that will mean a near-total ban on the sale of African elephant ivory could be extended to include other ivory-bearing species before it becomes law.

Parliament

Three hour ivory bill debate brings cross-party support in parliament

05 June 2018

The bill that will mean a near total ban on the sale of ivory passed its second reading in parliament with unanimous support last night.

Baggott

Antiques dealer highlights “nightmare” red tape of ivory ban on BBC politics show ahead of parliamentary debate

04 June 2018

Antiques dealer Michael Baggott has highlighted on national television the huge amount of bureaucracy that will ensue when the proposed ivory ban becomes law.

Gove

Government launches bill for “one of the toughest bans on ivory sales in the world”

23 May 2018

The government will launch its Ivory Bill in parliament today in a move that environment secretary Michael Gove described as “one of the toughest bans on ivory sales in the world”.

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No rolling 100-year date for ivory ban

16 April 2018

BADA has clarified a key element of the government’s proposals for a near-complete ivory ban – the stipulation that all items qualifying for the ‘rarest and most important of its type’ and portrait miniature exemptions must be 100 years old.

De minimis exemption becomes the new battleground in antique ivory sales ban

09 April 2018

The art and antiques trade is calling on the government to re-think its planned restrictions on the sale of antique items containing small amounts of elephant ivory.

Parliament

IVORY BAN – industry leaders react: “We will draw the government’s attention to the ban’s inconsistencies”

03 April 2018

An idea that began life in 2015 with a Tory government manifesto pledge for a total ban on the UK trade in ivory has finally taken shape, though not as draconian as originally pitched and not yet set in legislative stone.

Michael Gove

Gove 'may consider a pledge for total ivory ban'

13 June 2017

Michael Gove MP has said he would reconsider introducing a pledge for a total ivory ban.

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