Sales of Elephant Ivory Outlawed

The Department of the Interior has introduced new measures that effectively ban any commercial trade of elephant ivory in the United States, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee announced March 13.The new rules prohibit:• All commercial imports of African elephant ivory, including antiques• All commercial exports, except for bona fide antiques and certain non­commercial items. (To qualify as an antique, an item must be more than 100 years old and meet other requirements under the Endangered Species Act.)• All sales of elephant ivory across state lines, except for bona fide antiques• Sales within a state, unless a seller can demonstrate that an item was lawfully imported prior to 1990 for African elephants and 1975 for Asian elephants• The import of more than two African elephant sport-hunter trophies per year. (Previously, this was unlimited.)“Prior to these changes, the African

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