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EU | Enviros say grandfather clause allowing trade in old ivory gives cover for continued smuggling

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - In spite of a ban, illegal ivory trading is still flourishing in the European Union, as traders use a loophole allowing for the exchange of very old pieces, an Oxford University study sponsored by a campaign group found.


European law allows ivory obtained prior to 1947 to be traded freely. Ivory obtained after 1947 but before 1990 can be sold with a government certificate, while selling ivory obtained after the global ivory trade was banned is illegal.



https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-ivory/campaign-group-says-illegal-ivory-trade-breezes-past-eu-law-idUSKBN1JZ2TF