2014-03-20. Limits on Ivory Sales, Meant to Protect Elephants, Set Off Wide Concerns.

posted Mar 29, 2014, 11:15 AM by Alan Gould
For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 8. Excerpt: ...New federal rules aimed at blocking the sale of ivory to protect endangered elephants are causing an uproar among musicians, antiques dealers, gun collectors and thousands of others whose ability to sell, repair or travel with legally acquired ivory objects will soon be prohibited ...guitars featuring ivory pegs and bridges, ...chess sets with antique ivory pieces ...ivory inlay from ...commemorative handguns and rifles ...piano with ivory keys.... “The U.S. market is contributing to the crisis now threatening the African elephant,” the Fish and Wildlife Service director, Daniel M. Ashe, told Congress last month.  ...An unusual assortment of trade groups opposes the regulations, including the National Association of Music Makers, the Art and Antiques Dealers League of America and the National Rifle Association.  ...At the hearing, some critics questioned whether criminalizing the civilian ivory market would be as effective as helping African countries protect elephants and punish poachers. But federal officials said the reduction in demand will invariably put a dent in poaching efforts.... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/21/arts/design/new-limits-on-ivory-sales-set-off-wide-concerns.html. Tom Mashberg, New York Times.