U.S. Issues Final Rule on Commercial Trade of African Elephant Ivory

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Friday, June 10, 2016
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
32
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 
On June 2, 2016, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced the issuance of final rules, imposing a near-total ban on commercial trade of African ivory.  They revise the African elephant rule under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) [50 C.F.R. 17.40(e)] on June 6, 2016.  The FWS has also published guidance, which will be effective July 6, 2016.