Ivory: What Is and Isn’t Legal to Buy and Sell

If more people understood the misleading laws, these 'facts' would not be reported," says Bobby Mann, noted ivory specialist and past president of the International Ivory Society, Temple Hills, Md. The laws and "facts" he refers to stem from a September CNN news report saying that TRAFFIC, a network that monitors the trade in wildlife, reports increased illegal U.S. ivory trade via Internet sales. Mann tells JCK that the CNN article, and most consumer information, is simply not true. "Most of what you read is fiction, especially [news regarding] Internet sales. My feeling is most ivory that is sold on eBay is legal," he says. "Of course there is some illegal ivory being sold, but most is sold by people not really knowing the laws or knowing what they have. A lot of ivory is misrepresented, and this may be because of education in ivory identification. There is a lot of bone listed as iv
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