UK Ivory Act – Enactment due 6 June 2022

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Dealing in items containing ivory or made of ivory,” Gov.UK, 16 March 2022

From 6 June [2022], you will not be able to deal in items containing or made of elephant ivory under the Ivory Act 2018 unless they are registered as exempt or certified as exempt.

References to ivory in this guidance means ivory from an elephant.

The Act does not apply to ivory items that are owned if you have no intention to deal in them.

The Ivory Act applies throughout the whole of the United Kingdom, including in Northern Ireland.”

Well done to everyone that campaigned so hard for the Ivory Act 2018 to be enacted. All ivory bearing species to be encompassed within the Act we trust…..and the UK ends the loop-hole whereby elephants, hippopotamus etc. can still be trophy hunted and the ivory so obtained imported regardless of the the Ivory Act 2018.

Further Reading

Imports of ivory from hippos, orcas and walruses to be banned in UK,” The Guardian, 23 May 2024

Ten African countries accuse EU of failing to protect hippos,” The Guardian, 8 November 2022

Call for hippos to join list of world’s most endangered animals,” The Guardian, 2 August 2022

Unscrupulous ivory traders can evade new UK ban, charity says,” The Guardian, 6 June 2022

Joint NGO statement welcoming the implementation of the UK Ivory Act,” Environmental Investigation Agency, 6 June 2022

Early June date set for Ivory Act to be enforced,” Antique Trade Gazette, 17 March 2021

UK Ivory Act – Ivory Bearing Species Consultation,” IWB, 26 July 2021

UK Ivory Bill Upheld at Appeal,” IWB, 21 May 2020

UK Ivory Bill – Appeal,” IWB, 24 February 2020

UK Ivory Bill Challenge,” IWB, 19 October 2019

UK Ivory Bill to Receive Royal Assent,” 8 December 2018

UK Ivory Consultation,” 17 November 2017


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