U.S. Adopts Near-Total Ivory Ban
The move is the latest step in the Obama administration’s fight against wildlife trafficking.
Say you find an old elephant ivory trinket in your grandmother’s attic that no one wants. How can you legally get rid of it?
According to new rules announced Thursday, there aren’t many options—at least if you were hoping to make a buck off the item.
The regulations, which take effect on July 6, amount to a near-total ban on the commercial trade of African elephant ivory. Current law allows for the sale of ivory and ivory products in limited cases where the seller can prove the ivory is old and was lawfully imported. But the new rules further restrict exports and sales across state lines, as well as limit ivory trophy imports to two per year, per hunter. Ivory