New Regs on Ivory Trade Threaten Artisans' Livelihood

Mar 27

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a Director’s Order on Feb. 11 prohibiting the commercial import of elephant ivory. The new rules also apply to rhino horn, whale teeth, walrus tusks, tortoise shell and certain woods that are also regulated under the 1973 Endangered Species Act.

The new regulations, slated for June, ban importing and, with narrow exceptions, exporting any item that contains ivory. Private ownership would remain legal but interstate commerce would be prohibited.

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