Elephant ivory imports allowed into the USA - Rednecks versus villagers22/03/2010 23:28:59
Elephant hide belts and purses, and maps of Africa made from elephants ears all recommended by hunting outfit
By Powell Ettinger - Editor
March 2010. Wildlife Extra was under the misapprehension that it was illegal to import ivory into the USA. Given the very recent decision by CITES to prevent Tanzania and Zambia from down listing the elephants to appendix 2, Wildlife Extra is speechless to discover that it is perfectly legal to kill wild elephants in some parts of Africa, including Tanzania, and then import the tusks, skin and other disgusting mementos into the USA.
A very quick check on the web found that big game hunting outfits still market elephant hunts in the USA, and recommend some disgusting options, including making a map of Africa from elephants ears. A hunting outfit that we contacted told us:-
"Bringing back to the states you are allowed to bring the Ivory, and the hide. Most clients have things made from the hide; belts, ladies purses & gun cases. There are many things that can be made out of the leather. Also stoles are made from the feet if you want them made. The ivory is done two ways, a shoulder mount or the guys have them mounted on stands, and some even have the big five done.
Another great thing if you are not doing a shoulder mount is to have one off the ears painted as the ear looks just like Africa.
For an example you can get a 10 day hunt for a 30 to 50lb (of ivory) elephant for $18,000."
US ivory regulations
In general, export of raw African and Asian elephant ivory from the United States is prohibited. Import of raw African elephant ivory, with the exception of sport-hunted trophies, has been banned since the 1989 moratorium. African elephant ivory can be legally owned or bought and sold within the United States providing it meets ESA requirements and State laws. Worked African elephant ivory acquired before its 1978 ESA listing or antique ivory (over 100 years old) may be imported or exported for non-commercial purposes or, in limited situations, for commercial purposes with a certification from the Service. To date, no commercial import of non-antique African elephant ivory has been permitted under the AECA.
African elephant ivory within the United States that was imported prior to the 1989 ban, imported as sport-hunted trophies, or obtained as the result of Federal law enforcement action is considered legal.
Justice? Villagers versus Rednecks
Where else is it legal to import ivory?