Whale Ivory Laws

Under federal law, walrus ivory offered for sale can only be carved by Alaska Native artists. John, thank you very much for your comments. Hopefully, this problem can be resolved so that tool collectors can continue to add tools containing ivory to their collections. FOSSIL WALRUS IVORY – Without restriction, as it predates the 1972 deadline, it is legal to buy and sell anywhere in the United States. Shipping ivory or oosik (fossil walrus penalty bone) from the United States requires a $30 permit. For collectors living in New Jersey, New York and California, the rules are even stricter. New Jersey and New York have passed laws that go beyond federal regulations by banning the sale of ivory in both states. They allow exemptions for antiques using the federal regulations listed above and allow domestic sales of musical instruments (strings, wind instruments, and pianos) manufactured before 1975. Most American piano manufacturers stopped using ivory for piano keys in the 1950s and 60s. Problems could arise if you wanted to sell the old Steinway you inherited from Aunt Bertha, and you can`t prove where the ivory keys replaced when the piano was restored in 1992 came from. California Criminal Laws 653o and 653p, which have been in effect since 1970, state – It is illegal to import the corpse or any proceeds thereof into this state for commercial purposes, with the intent to sell or sell the corpse or a product thereof in the state, polar bear ant, leopard, ocelot, tiger, Cheetah, jaguar, sable antelope, wolf (Canis lupis), zebra, whale, cobra, python, sea turtle, colobus monkey, kangaroo, vicuña, sea otter, wild horse in freedom, dolphin or porpoise (Delphinidae), Spanish lynx or elephant. Although the law has been in force since 1970, it was not vigorously enforced until 2012.

In February this year, California agents “attacked” a flea market, confiscated ivory items and issued quotes to owners. Two weeks later, they entered the Slawinski Auction Company in Northern California and confiscated $150,000 worth of ivory items. The items were eventually returned after officers examined all the items and found that they complied with federal law. AFRICAN ELEPHANT – On the list of threatened species of the C.I.T.E.S. The import, purchase and sale of African elephant ivory is not permitted internationally. It cannot be imported or exported to the United States or virtually any other country in the world. It is legal to possess, buy, sell or ship to the United States, and there are no permits or registration requirements (these were required for importation into the United States). The raw elephant ivory available now is all the old “domain” ivory that was legally imported years ago. There are various federal laws regulating ivory, and now some states have enacted ivory laws.

Is there a possibility of revising these rules? Yes, two identical bills have been introduced in Congress. H.R. 5052 was introduced by Representative Steve Daines of Montana and p. 2587 by Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. The proposed legislation would allow the possession, sale, delivery, receipt, shipping, and transportation of items containing ivory legally imported into the United States. It would also specify that recently enacted federal regulations will not “alter the methods or standards in effect on February 24, 2014, to determine whether this ivory was lawfully imported, including any presumptions and burden of proof applicable with respect to these findings. The adoption of this legislation would go a long way towards solving these problems for tool collectors and dealers. Your comments and encouragement, conveyed to your senators and representatives, can help move this bill forward. Viewed invoices are the best way to stop USFWS changes. But we all need to keep up the pressure on our government officials to pass one or both. One thing the article doesn`t mention is that it also introduces laws that make “wildlife trade” a crime. The burden of proof will be on us and we will not be innocent until proven guilty.

I am a founding member of the Elephant Conservation Association, and we are actively fighting for the right to buy and sell our ivory before 1989. To stay up to date on this topic and everything related to changes, head over to www.elephantprotection.org. Google your ivory laws to learn more. Due to state laws, ivory products are not shipped to New Jersey. Due to New York State law, no mammoth ivory is shipped to New York. So what should a tool collector do? The new regulations require the owner of the tool containing ivory to prove that the tool meets federal requirements. Therefore, it is very important that you read these federal and statistical regulations and try to understand them. You may also want to consider this: On February 25, 2014, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service issued Director`s Order 210, which restricts the import, export, and sale of ivory in the United States. This order was reaffirmed in July when President Obama issued an executive order requiring the United States to step up its efforts to end the wildlife trade. An estimated 30,000 to 35,000 African elephants are illegally killed by poachers each year and these elephants are threatened with extinction within a decade if this illegal poaching is not stopped.

China is by far the largest market for this illicit ivory, followed by New York State and the State of California. Lawmakers and Native organizations have lobbied to protect the rights of Alaska Native peoples to use walrus ivory. We do not ship walrus, narwhal, hippopotamus or whale ivory outside the United States, due to federal laws, as well as polar bear skin. ASIAN ELEPHANT – On the list of threatened species of the United States and the C.I.T.E.S. The import, purchase, and sale of Asian elephant ivory is not permitted internationally or interstately in the United States. Hippopotamus and warthog – Protected, but not endangered. Once imported into the United States, no permits or documents are required to buy or sell this interstate ivory. Hippos are dangerous animals and a serious problem in many parts of Africa. They are responsible for more human deaths per year than crocodiles and venomous snakes combined. Populations are often thinned by government logging operations. Meat, skins and ivory are used. Warthogs are also very common and are hunted as food.

A $30 export permit is required to ship these ivories from the U.S. Ministers say elephants are not the only animals threatened by the ivory trade and want to extend the ivory law to other species – a move welcomed by conservationists. In December 2015, the purchase and sale of legally imported Preban elephant ivory became illegal when voters approved an I-1401 ballot initiative in Washington state. We sold our entire stock of elephant ivory before the law came into force in December 2015. Federal regulations essentially changed the following year, ending interstate trade in legally imported African elephant ivory (Preban and Antiquities). Under federal law, it is legal to buy/sell walrus and narwhal ivory that belonged prior to the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. Alaska Natives are allowed to hunt walruses and work walrus ivory, with the exception of the Mammal Protection Act. We ship mammoth ivory anywhere in the world except India (due to their new law), if you live outside the US, check your country`s laws to make sure it is allowed to import this old material. For more information on federal legislation, see www.fws.gov. The Ivory Act will introduce a near-total ban on the import, export and trade of items containing elephant ivory in the UK – but it has not yet come into force.

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