New York

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New York

In August 2014, New York state enacted its law prohibiting the purchase, sale, trade or distribution of ivory or horn products from elephants and rhinoceros.

In 2012, a joint task force of USFWS and Manhattan District Attorneys office investigated and seized illegal elephant ivory worth more than $2 million from jewelers across New York City, exposing the need to crack down on sellers using loopholes to continue to exploit a vulnerable species.

  • Violations 2005-2015

    723 violations

  • Worth Of Illegal Elephant Ivory Seized In One Bust

    $2 Million

About The Legislation

The 2014 bill was signed to prevent the trade in illegal ivory and strengthen criminal and civil penalties for buyers and sellers who are helping drive two critical and iconic species, elephants and rhinos, to extinction for profit.

Species Covered

The New York state law bans the sale of elephant and mammoth ivory and rhinoceros horns.


The ban does not apply to antiques demonstrated to be at least 100 years old and containing less than 20% by volume of the antique, distribution for educational or scientific purposes, transfer via inheritance, or ivory as part of a musical instrument with evidence the instrument was manufactured prior to 1975.

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