2016-06-02. U.S. Bans Commercial Trade of African Elephant Ivory.

posted Jun 3, 2016, 7:43 AM by Alan Gould   [ updated Jun 3, 2016, 7:44 AM ]
By Jasa R. Smith, The New York Times. For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 8. Excerpt: The United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced a near-total ban on the commercial trade of African elephant ivory on Thursday. Under current guidelines, ivory can be sold if it was brought into the United States before it was listed as endangered or if the elephant died of natural causes, as long as there is documentation. The new rules will restrict those sales to genuine antiques, like ivory statues, artwork or chiseled chess pieces, that have been lawfully imported, as well as items like musical instruments that were made using less than 200 grams of ivory. The new rules aim to curb the rampant slaughter of the elephant, an endangered species, which experts say accounts for 96 deaths a day. They also intend to severely restrict the African ivory market in the United States, the world’s second-largest consumer of illegally poached ivory....  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/world/africa/elephant-ivory-ban.html