New Ivory Rules – Take Heed!
Obama Administration Treats Antique Collectors and Dealers as Criminals: New Ivory Rules Also Put Elephants at Increased Risk.
The Obama administration is preparing to treat virtually every antique collector, dealer, and auctioneer in America — and anyone else who happens to own a piece of ivory — as a criminal. In the name of saving elephants, the administration is effectively banning the sale of any object containing any ivory, even if legally acquired decades ago. Doing so will weaken conservation efforts by expanding the ivory black market, diverting enforcement resources away from true contraband ivory, and enriching those engaged in the illegal ivory trade.