Countdown Begins as Ivory Bill Published

Countdown Begins as Ivory Bill Published

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Trade associations press ahead with legal challenge as Gove targets October date


The art and antiques trade association are in a race against time in their bid to challenge aspects of the governments planned ivory ban. The bill was published at the end of May, earlier than expected.

Representatives from dealer bodies BADA and LAPADA, auctioneer association SOFAA and the ADA met last week to agree topics for the legal consideration. These include the potential for judicial review into how Defra conducted its public consultation.

The bill contains details of the ban as outlined by Defra in April. Industry leaders declared surprise at the speed with which it has been published.

The government will host an international conference about the illegal wildlife trade on October 10-11.

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